Violist Cass Ho received her undergraduate degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honours. Her teachers included John Rogers and the late Wong Wai-ming. She has toured in Europe with the Academy Symphony orchestra. A winner of the Academy Concerto Competition, she performed Walton’s Viola Concerto under the baton of Yuasa Takuo. Cass is also a recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, as well as scholarships awarded by the Children’s Palace, Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Investec and Bloomberg.
Upon completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Cass progress on to study with Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School obtaining her Master’s Degree in Music in 2006. While at Juilliard, she received the C.V. Starr and Louis Smadebeck Scholarships. She was a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble and took part in the Focus! Festival. She has also performed in the Julliard ChamberFest, in which she was coached by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2005, in the premiere of the Piano Quintet Khazar by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, the performance was reviewed as “well-coached and superb” by the New York Sun Post. Cass has also worked with renowned chamber groups such as the Haydn String Quartet, the Australia String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Being featured in performances of the International Society for Contemporary Music and part of the Dawning Quartet, Cass was invited to perform in the New Generation Competitions in 2017 and 2018, presented by the Hong Kong Composer’s Guild and broadcasted on Radio 4. She has also appeared as guest violist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Virtuosi and Opera Hong Kong.
Cass currently teaches at Niccoloo Strings Academy and is a faculty member of the Junior Music Department at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.