Violinist Hong-Yi Mo joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at beginning of 2008-2009 Season. Prior to joining the DSO, Mo was a student of New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and Associate Principle Lisa Kim at the Manhattan School of Music Orchestral Program.
Originally from China, Mo was the second prize winner of the China National Junior Violin Competition in 1994, and was winner of the 3rd National Invitational Violin Competition at the Central Conservatory of Music in 1997. Mo received his Bachelor's in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, and his Master's in music from Yale University. He studied with renowned violin professor Mr. Yaoji Lin at the Central Conservatory of Music. Former teachers have included Taras Gabora, Milan Vitek, Syoko Aki, as well as his father Si-Ping Mo.
As both a soloist and chamber musician, Mo was awarded the Great Scholarship of Cheng-Xian Fu in 1998. That same year he recorded a string quartet version of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" for CCTV (China Central TV station) which was broadcast globally by China National Radio. He followed that up in 1999 with the premiere performance and recording of Chang-yuan Liu's Violin Concerto "Psalm" with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, released that same year by Beijing Global Audio-Visual Publishing House, and was invited to perform in the Zhong-Nan-Hai (also known as the Sea Palaces) offices of the State Council which house the Central People's Government and the Military Commission of the Party Central Committee.
A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Mo has performed at several festivals including the Casalmaggiore International Festival in 2001, the Music Academy of the West in 2002 and has served as concertmaster at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Bowdoin International Music Festival, Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, and Manhattan Symphony.