First Prize, 2014 Chuluun Strings Youth Competition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Third Prize, 2008 Youth Competition, Ulan-Ude, Russia; Third Prize, 2008 Munguntsetseg Chamber Music Competition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Special Prize, 2006 Chuluun Strings Youth Competition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Section Cello, Mongolian State Philharmonic Orchestra, 2014–18; Concert Tour of musicians from Korea, Mongolia, and Russia in Seoul, Korea, 2015
My grandparents showed me how artists live and perform. My grandmother was a singer, and my grandfather played piano and accordion. My father was a clarinetist when I was young, though he later stopped playing.
My cello teacher in Mongolia, Dariimaa Khamagnova, is the most amazing, kind, and thoughtful person I have ever known.
There was no choice. My grandparents and my father decided who would be the next family musician—that was me!
I discovered TŌN in 2018 when my husband, Miigaa, was admitted to the program. Like him, I am an orchestral musician, and TŌN is one of the only orchestral programs in the United States that offers a Master’s Degree.
Just 11 months after I gave birth to my son, I was soloist in the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the Mongolian State Philharmonic Orchestra. My whole family and my teacher attended that concert.
Being accepted into TŌN
It wasn’t easy, but I applied to this orchestra four times. Each time, I hoped that maybe this would be the time that I would finally make it. But after the third rejection, I started to lose hope. I thought maybe I wasn’t good enough, maybe I didn’t have what it takes. But then I remembered how much I loved playing the cello. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. So I encouraged myself to keep going, to keep practicing, and to keep trying. And finally, on that fourth try, I made it.
I had a friend from school who was performing in an exam on stage. As he played his cello, he suddenly had a runny nose. Unfortunately, it ended up on his cello fingerboard, which caused his left fingers to slide. It was quite an unfortunate situation for him.
I would definitely consider pursuing a career as a nurse or a chef. Both professions involve helping others and making a positive impact, which are values that are important to me.
Did you know that the cello is often considered to be the instrument that most closely resembles the sound of the human voice? It’s truly remarkable how expressive and emotional the cello can be in the hands of a skilled musician.
From my experience as a musician, I believe that one of the biggest challenges is having a true sense of empathy for my fellow musicians and conductors. When I’m playing in an orchestra, it’s essential that I’m completely focused on every single instrument and every person involved. Only then can we create the most beautiful music possible.
Don’t give up! You can do it! Keep pushing forward and don’t let anything hold you back. Remember, every step you take is one step closer to achieving your goals. So keep striving and never give up on yourself!