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Tina Guo
American cellist, musician and composer

Tina Guo

Tina Guo
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Intro American cellist, musician and composer
Is Musician Cellist Composer Businessperson Entrepreneur
From United States of America
Field Business Music
Gender female
Birth 28 October 1985, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Age 36 years
Star sign Scorpio
USC Thornton School of Music
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Tina Guo (Chinese: 郭婷娜) (born 28 October 1985 in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese-American cellist and erhuist from Shanghai. Her international career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer is characterized by videos featuring theatrical backdrops and elaborate costumes, a range of genres, and an improvisatory style in film, television, and video game scores.

She has appeared as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony the National Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony [pt] in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. She also performed with violinist Midori Goto in Dvorak's American String Quartet at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and completed four national tours of Mexico and Italy performing the Shostakovich, Dvorak, Haydn, and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos. She toured as a featured guest with Al Di Meola, Yoshiki of X Japan, and recently appeared with the Tenerife Symphony and Choir in the Canary Islands performing "Batman: The Dark Knight" Suite at the Tenerife International Film Festival, featured on Electric Cello. In June 2015, she performed as a guest soloist at the 2015 Kraków Film Festival in Poland. In February 2019, she toured with the Victoria Symphony. On August 1, 2019, she joined the German symphonic metal band Beyond the Black at Wacken Open Air Festival. She also performed with Swedish power metal band Sabaton on their headlining of the festival.

Early life

Tina Guo was born in Shanghai, China to Lu-Yan Guo, a concert cellist, and his wife Fei-Fei Soong, a concert violinist, who are the artistic directors of the California International Music and Art Festival, an annual event held in San Diego, California. Tina began playing piano at the age of 3 in China. At age five, she moved to the United States with her family, she began violin lessons with her mother. At age 7, she began also studying the cello with her father. Her parents forced her to practice 6–8 hours a day. Tina joined the Civic Youth Orchestra when she was 10.

After graduating from Poway High School, she attended the USC Thornton School of Music to study the cello on a full scholarship. She studied under Nathaniel Rosen and also Eleonore Schoenfeld, one of the most influential cellists of the 20th century, who had taught both Rosen and Guo's father. During her freshman year, Guo dated a guitarist with an 80s style classic metal band. She went to one of their shows at The Whiskey in Hollywood, and it influenced to try to adapt the cello to the heavy metal style. Guo began experimenting with pedals and different techniques, trying to discover how to play the cello to sound like a guitar. It took her three years and many YouTube videos before she was satisfied with her attempts.

Guo left USC in her junior year, as she found it increasingly difficult to balance performing and attending classes. Her parents were very angry and did not agree with her decision.


In 2007, she toured Australia with Metaphor, an all-girl crossover band. Guo played with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards, and with Off the Deep End she played at the wrap party for the Sundance Film Festival.

With Midori Gotō, she played in Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. With pianist William Joseph, she performed in Majorca, Spain for the International Philanthropy Summit.

From 2011-2013, Guo toured as the featured electric cellist with Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.

Guo performed alongside Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Hans Zimmer at the Premiere of Inception, and in a sold-out concert for DreamWorks with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, featuring her as soloist on electric cello and erhu. She recently performed for the League of Legends World Championship to a sold-out arena at Staples Center in Los Angeles and an audience of 33 million streaming online. Guo was featured on the Electric Cello in a super-band for the event with The Crystal Method, Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Danny Lohner (NIN), Joe Letz (Combichrist), and the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra. Guo has also been a featured performer at Comic Con, BlizzCon, and with Video Games Live. In 2015, Guo will be featured with Video Game Music Band Critical Hit, performing at most of the Wizard World Comic Cons. She featured in Baroque rock group Vivaldianno's "City of Mirrors" Tour which appeared in arenas throughout Europe in June 2015.

Guo was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show playing "Beat It" on electric cello, and also performed at the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, on Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana and India Arie, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, the Lopez Show with Far East Movement, the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, on American Idol, at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. She also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Playboy Mansion, and has shared the stage with The Tenors, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Michael McDonald. Corporate clients have included Microsoft, Cephalon Biopharmaceutics, Adecco and the PGA.

The instrumental metal music video for her song "Queen Bee" won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Her songs "Queen Bee" and "Forbidden City" are also available for download to play for Rock Band on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Metal Hammer Magazine UK described Guo as "an international sensation" and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a two-page spread.

She has toured with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa as part of a diverse all acoustic backup band, and Hans Zimmer.

By October 2017, she toured as a headlining act to promote her album "Game On!" with John Huldt on Guitar, Kfir Melamed on Bass and Frank Klepacki on Drums.

In December 2018, she took on the 'God of War' Main Theme Song and collaborated with Inon Zur.


Guo recorded her first solo CD, Autumn Winds, a classical/new-age album. Her other album releases include The Journey, Eternity, Ray of Light, Tina Guo & Composers for Charity, A Cello Christmas, Cello Metal, a full length metal album and Hollywood's Greatest Themes, an album of famous soundtracks re-imagined. Her recent album which was in production was Game On!.

Guo is featured on screen in commercials for Mazda6, and United Airlines, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour from 2011 to 2013 performing in sold-out arenas around the world. Guo performed to 2 million audience members worldwide with the tour, and they topped the charts for 2 years as the highest-grossing tour in America and sold-out shows in arenas worldwide. Guo is also featured on the Epic Records/Jackson Estate release "Immortal," replacing the original guitar solo in "Beat It" with an Electric Cello/Guitar Battle-style duet with guitarist Greg Howe.

Guo was the cello soloist on the scores of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Clash of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, Abduction, Olympus Has Fallen, Escape Plan, CSI: NY, Vikings, The Borgias, Sleepy Hollow, Iron Chef America, Blizzard's Diablo III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Revelation Online 2015 by Chinese game giant Netease, and Journey, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Guo can also be heard on the soundtracks of Inception, Hancock, Battle: Los Angeles, The Hangover Part II, Predators, Fast Five, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Beginners, Public Enemies, Rango, The Rite, X-Men: First Class, Your Highness, Yogi Bear, The Mentalist, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, Dunkirk, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, commercials for Apple iPhone, Under Armour, and many others. Guo also contributed Electric Cello to the creation of elements that were used by Sound Designer Scott Martin Gershin in the creation of the Kaijus in Pacific Rim. Her arrangement and performance of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was featured in the end credits for The Heartbreak Kid and she was an additional composer on the feature film Persecuted. The Tina Guo Sample Library by Cinesamples is one of the most popular cello solo libraries available on the market today, used by composers and producers in countless media music projects.

Guo is featured on the cello in an instrumental set piece for the 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Guo has recorded on hundreds of albums, with artists such as John Legend, Ciara, David Archuleta, and Big K.R.I.T. She was featured on Al B. Sure!'s new single, "I Love It," from his upcoming album Honey I'm Home and was also featured on Two Steps From Hell's album SkyWorld.

Inner Passion, her 2016 collaboration with pianist Peter Kater for Hearts of Space Records, debuted at number four on the Billboard New Age Albums chart.

She is also notable as the soloist on electric cello creating the theme for Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with Hans Zimmer. Tina Guo has also worked with Rupert Gregson-Williams on music for the Wonder Woman standalone film. In October 2018, she featured on the Jennifer Thomas album 'The Fire Within'.


Guo performs on an 1878 Gand & Bernardel. On electric cello, she plays the Custom Tina Guo Model Yamaha SVC-200; she is endorsed by Yamaha and played their instrument at the NAMM Show 2009.

Personal life

Her first published work as an author is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang", a collection of philosophical prose and poetry.

On February 20 2020, she married Rambo Jennings.

Charity work

Guo is a passionate supporter of the Academy of Music for the Blind, Partners in Health, Animal Welfare Institute, Homes for our Troops, and Child Find of America. In 2015, she released a Charity album with 13 film/TV/media composer friends called "Tina Guo & Composers for Charity." 100% of the proceeds from the album go directly to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in support of music education.

In October 2016, Guo signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music and her debut Sony album called Game On! was released on February 10, 2017.


  • Autumn Winds (2011)
  • The Journey (2011)
  • Eternity (2013)
  • Ray of Light (2014)
  • A Cello Christmas (2014)
  • Cello Metal (2015)
  • Inner Passion (2016) (with Peter Kater)
  • Game On! (2017)

Cello contributions

Year Title Notes
2007 The Heartbreak Kid N/A
2007 Captain Titan's Special G Short film
2008 Sky Pilot Short film
2008 Hancock N/A
2008 1895 N/A
2009 Grace N/A
2009 Live Evil N/A
2009 Sherlock Holmes N/A
2010 Clash of the Titans N/A
2010 Iron Man 2 N/A
2010 Predators N/A
2010 Inception N/A
2010 Beginners N/A
2010 1 a Minute N/A
2010 Level 26: Dark Prophecy N/A
2010 Yogi Bear N/A
2011 The Rite N/A
2011 Rango N/A
2011 Red Riding Hood N/A
2011 Battle: Los Angeles N/A
2011 Your Highness N/A
2011 Arthur N/A
2011 Fast Five N/A
2011 The Hangover Part II N/A
2011 X-Men: First Class N/A
2011 Abduction N/A
2011 Restoring the Light N/A
2011 Dig N/A
2012 Journey Video game
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Video game
2012 No God, No Master N/A
2013 Olympus Has Fallen N/A
2014 The Dark Valley N/A
2014 Persecuted N/A
2014 Damaged Television film
2015 Doppia luce Short film
2015 The Daughters of Eve Short film
2015 The Heavy Load Short film
2015 Run Fast Short film
2015 Martyrs N/A
2015 Assassin's Creed Syndicate Video game
2015 James Short film
2016 Standoff N/A
2016 The Monkey King 2 N/A
2016 Pitbull: New Orders N/A
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice N/A
2016 Shadow of the Beast Video game
2016 The Trees of Eden Short film
2017 The Boss Baby N/A
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales N/A
2017 Wonder Woman N/A
2017 Dunkirk N/A
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Video game
2017 In My Steps N/A
2017 Bullet Head N/A
2018 Qi Short film
2018 Sticks Short film
2018 Extinction Video game
2019 X-Men: Dark Phoenix N/A
2019 Jing Hua Short film
2019 The Lion King N/A
2019 Erica Video game
2020 Cyberpunk 2077 Video game
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