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Chi-Yu Mo

Clarinet, Principal E-flat Clarinet

Member since 1998, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music

‘Whilst studying with Nicholas Rodwell, former LSO Principal Clarinet, I attended many LSO concerts. I was inspired particularly by the beautiful woodwind sound, leading me to regard the Orchestra as being the one ensemble in the world that I should aspire to becoming a part of.’

Chi-Yu Mo graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge with first class honours and a PhD in chemistry before studying clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many prizes and awards. He was winner of the Britten-Pears Concerto competition as well as wind finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition.

Since joining the LSO, he has frequently played as Guest Principal Clarinet with many UK orchestras as well as recording and touring with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and World Orchestra for Peace. He is committed to teaching the next generation of orchestral players and has given masterclasses and coached in China, France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Spain and the US, as well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Fellow. He has been a member of the LSO since 1998 having previously been Principal E-flat Clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.