Johnny Mok

Saint Anselm College

Johnny Mok, a distinguished cellist with an international reputation, has made significant contributions to orchestras and music festivals around the globe. As a principal cellist, he has led the New Hampshire Philharmonic, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Cape Ann Symphony, showcasing his leadership and expertise in orchestral settings. His talents have also led him to perform as a guest cellist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, further establishing his presence in the American orchestral scene.

In 2019, Mok expanded his artistic footprint by co-founding the Aroma Duo with pianist Tianhong Yang. This collaboration has taken him to prestigious stages worldwide, including performances at the Verão Clássico Festival in Portugal, Rencontres Musicales de Noyer in France, Carnegie Hall, and his Asia debut in Macao and Nanjing. Through the Aroma Duo, Mok continues to explore the depths of chamber music, engaging audiences across continents.

Mok has studied under renowned cellists and educators throughout his career. After initial training at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy with Elvina Kwan and further development under Pamela Washburn Delisse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mok pursued advanced studies in the United States. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance at the University of Alabama under Carlton McCreery, where he honed his solo and ensemble skills.

He continued his studies at The Boston Conservatory for his Master's Degree, studying with Andrew Mark and founding the Aston String Quartet. Mok achieved his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University, guided by Michael Reynolds of the Muir Quartet and Mihail Jojatu of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During his doctoral studies, he also benefited from the mentorship of Gary Hoffman, Pieter Wispelwey, and Thomas Carroll, enriching his artistic vision and pedagogical approach.

Today, Mok shares his wealth of experience and passion for music as Adjunct Cello Faculty at Middlesex Community College and Saint Anselm College, inspiring the next generation of musicians. His career, marked by significant performances and contributions to music education, continues to resonate in the classical music community worldwide.