BOSON MO, violin

2017 Biography and Press

Boson Mo discovered the violin at the age of seven and has since received numerous national and international distinctions.

Winner of Third Prize at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Boson was named as one of Canada’s “30 under 30 Top Classical Musicians of 2015” by CBC Radio-Canada. As the only Canadian candidate at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he was awarded the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition and is a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Award. Additionally, he is a two-time winner of Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank loan.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as having “stole(n) the show…with his rousing assertion of Fauré’s Violin Sonata…” at his Da Camera of Houston début, Boson’s recent performances include those at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival. His 2016-17 season includes performances at the Center for Jewish History and Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City, a re-engagement with Da Camera of Houston, while his 2017 summer will see performances at Müzewest of Vancouver, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival Pontiac Enchanté, etc.

Boson has been featured as Young Artist in Residence of American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” and has been broadcast both nationally in the U.S. as well as internationally on Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio-Canada. He has performed as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (Canada), the CIM Orchestra, and the F.A.C.E. Symphony Orchestra; he has also been featured at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Début Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, as well as Music@Menlo’s Winter Residency.

As a teenager, Boson received the Canadian Music Educators’ Association’s W. Harvey Award for the Best Small Ensemble Performance, Third Prize at the Concours OSM Standard Life, and First Prize at the Canadian Music Competition. A recipient of the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition, Boson has competed at other major International Violin Competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Menuhin (Beijing), Indianapolis, and Singapore.

An avid chamber musician, Boson performed as First Violin with the Ensō Quartet as part of their 2016 summer season, and has enjoyed regular trio collaborations with cellist Desmond Hoebig and pianist Andrew Staupe. Additionally, has also performed in recital alongside Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, James Dunham, etc. Boson is an alum of Music@Menlo’s International Program (Bay Area, CA), the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Perlman Music Program (New York), the Masterclasses and Chamber Music Residency at Banff Centre, the International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (Maine), Morningside Music Bridge (Calgary), and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boson is completing a Doctoral degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Paul Kantor. Boson currently performs on a violin by Carlo Antonio Tononi (1757), graciously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.


“Violinist Boson Mo stole the show on Thursday with his rousing assertion of Gabriel Faure’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13. Dressed in a smart gray suit, he kind of danced his way through the sonata’s four movements. He has stunning intonation, impressive double stops, and an overall inspired demeanor. Yes, this was a very French moment.”

– Theodore Bale, Houston Chronicle

“The Enso String Quartet was formed at Yale University in 1999, the same year that Boson Mo, age seven, began playing violin. This summer, 26-year-old Mo is filling in as first violin of the quartet. They could do much worse than offering this talented Canadian the position on a permanent basis when he completes his doctorate at Rice University. Or sooner. […] […] It was during this performance that I became convinced of Mo’s quality. The delicacy with which he played the second theme of the Allegro ma non troppo, his collaboration with viola and cello in the Lento, and the mutual joy of the Finale demonstrated a musician with a temperament that invites collaboration.”

– Ted McIrvine, Classical Voice of North Carolina

“And on Friday night, violinst Boson Mo impressed with Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella, a favourite that is often performed here and elsewhere every once in awhile. From pianist Jaiyoung Kim’s first atmospheric notes and Mr. Mo’s opening hollow chords, the pair struck the perfect tone, reading the work well. Playing with mute, Mr. Mo was excellent producing evocative nocturnal colours, and in the Tarantella that followed, he was outstanding, providing a tremendous show of virtuoso flourish and a freedom of command seldom heard in Szymanowski that is in great interpretive demand. Nothing bland or understated about this remarkable performance of the Tarantella: Mr. Mo burst out of the starting gate and kept his audience firmly enthralled with his aggressive opening passage work and precipitous plunges into chromatic hypnosis. All in all it was a tremendously impressive performance none of us will soon forget.”

– Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

Updated December 2016