Haocong Gu is 25 years old and currently a graduate student in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, majoring in cello performance. Born in Beijing, China, Haocong began studying cello at the age of six. He has held a fascination for the art of playing the cello since a young age and is greatly inspired by cellists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Mstislav Rostropovich. He studied cello with Hai-ye Ni, principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years since he first came to the U.S. He is currently studying modern cello with Jeffrey Solow, the head of the cello faculty at Temple Boyer music department. Haocong has won many prizes and awards and has performed in numerous places, such as the Kimmel Center, the Lincoln Center, etc. In addition, Haocong loves early music and Baroque playing. He is a member of the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University, directed by Heather Miller Lardin, an excellent historical double bass specialist. Haocong is currently studying Baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai, and Viola da Gamba with Sarah Cunningham.