The Bach Society of Minnesota will be joined by Gao Hong on Pipa in an eclectic program that features traditional Chinese music and the music of Bach.
Gao Hong, a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the Chinese lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China’s premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards, including 1st Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition and an International Art Cup (Beijing). In 2005 Gao became the first traditional musician to be awarded a prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2012 she became the only musician in any genre to win 4 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians.
Gao has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Argentina, Asia, and the U.S. in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras, jazz musicians, and musicians from other cultures. She has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide: Lincoln Center Festival; Carnegie Hall; San Francisco Jazz Festival; Smithsonian Institution; the Next Wave Festival; Festival d’Automne a Paris in Paris and Caen, France; the International Festival of Perth; and the Festival de Teatro d’Europa in Milan. Her performances of pipa concerti include several world, U.S., and regional premieres and performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, China National Traditional Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Heidelberg Philharmonic, and others.
As a composer, she has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Walker Art Center, Jerome Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ragamala, Theater Mu, guitarist Lars Hannibal, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, and Twin Cities Public TV.