Royal College of Music (UK), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (UK)
Teaching since 2016
Cantonese, English, Mandarin

Sparkle Ip

Royal College of Music (UK), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (UK)
Professional field(s): Cello
Teaching language(s): Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Teaching since 2016

Sparkle Ip graduated from the Royal College of Music with a master's degree, where he studied under Richard Lester, a renowned cellist, chamber musician and educator, he is also the principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. During his time in London, he participated in many professional projects such as RCM symphony orchestra with Sir Antonio Pappano, RCM Super string Sunday, musicals and film music recording.

Before he further his education at the RCM, he studied his bachelor's degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he met and studied under the guidance of Nikki Thomas, an influential and important teacher to Sparkle as a cellist and musician, his passion and love for the cello were greatly nurtured and it has grown ever since. Nikki Thomas was a student of the legendary cellist Jacqueline du Pré and the influential cello educator William Pleeth in the UK. During his study time in RWCMD, his cello playing improved drastically, which strongly amazed and impressed upon the teachers and students alike. He also established himself as a role model to his peers at the RWCMD. He believes that passion, resilience and love for the cello is the key to success in the learning process.
Besides studying under Nikki and Richard, he also took masterclass and lessons with some renowned cellists during the time in the UK, including Alice Neary, Leonard Elschenbroich, Rosie Biss, Amanda Truelove, David Cohen, Tim Walden and Stefan Popov.

Sparkle Ip


Master of cello performance, Royal College of Music

Bachelor of music(Honours) in cello performance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Performance Experience

RCM Symphony Orchestra

Tutti Cellist

Working Experience

HKSO, 2023 - 2024

Tutti Cellist


Schumann Cello Concerto 1st Mov and Cassado Cello Suite 1st Mov

Bach Cello Suite No.2 Prelude and Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major 1st Mov

Teaching Location

Central and WesternEasternWan ChaiKowloon CityKwun TongSham Shui PoWong Tai SinYau Tsim MongSai KungSha TinTai PoTsuen WanTuen MunYuen Long

Live Tutorial

Sparkle Ip provide live tutorial (Zoom, skype)



  • The Tuition refers to 60mins per lesson.
  • The Tuition might be adjusted according to the duration and location of the lesson.
  • All amounts are in Hong Kong Dollars.

Cello online lesson

  • The Tuition refers to 60mins per lesson.
  • The Tuition might be adjusted according to the duration and location of the lesson.
  • All amounts are in Hong Kong Dollars.


All Instrumental Lessons / Accompaniment
Beginner: Beginner - G. 4
Intermediate: G. 5 - G. 7
Advanced: G. 8 or above

Western Music Theory
Beginner: ABRSM Music Theory G. 5
Intermediate: ABRSM Music Theory G. 8
Advanced: Trinity College London AmusTCL or above

Chinese Music Theory
Beginner: Shanghai Conservatory of Music Theory
Beginner: Central Conservatory of Music Theory G. 1
Intermediate: Central Conservatory of Music Theory G. 2
Advanced: Not applicable

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