Daily Joy: Sisters from Hawaii play “La Bella Cubana”

Sisters Ylang and Yxing Guo hail from Honolulu, HI and will appear on the first 2021 episode of NPR’s From the Top!

Before you hear them on the radio, they’re sharing a charming performance of “La Bella Cubana” a habanera-inspired piece by José Lafitte and arranged by Eugene Chuklov.

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Ylang and Yxing Guo (violin), 15 and 13, hail from Honolulu, Hawaii. Ylang is in the tenth grade at the Iolani School and Yxing is homeschooled and in the eighth grade. Both study violin with Ignace Jang and are members of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. Ylang and Yxing come from a large musical family – they have nine brothers and sisters, all of whom play music. Outside of music, the sisters share an interest in surfing. Ylang also enjoys cooking and gardening while Yxing loves sports like soccer and basketball.