Congratulations to CCM alumnus Gao Ping (DMA ’03), who was recently named professor of composition at the Capital Normal University in Beijing! A native of China, Gao also teaches as a guest professor at the China Conservatory of Music.
During his time at CCM, Gao studied piano and composition with James Tocco and Joel Hoffman, respectively.
In addition to his latest academic appointment, Gao also recently toured to Russia and Israel, where his new work “The Four Not-Alike” was premiered with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra of Beijing. This same program will be taken on tour to Spain next month.
About Gao Ping
Gao Ping’s music has been performed in Europe, Asia, Russia and across the Americas. In demand as a composer and pianist, he has received commissions from Ensemble Pyramide, pianist Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, violinist Arnold Steinhart, the Starling Chamber Orchestra, Dutch flautist Eleonore Pameijer and pianist Marcel Worms, the Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society and the Shenzhen Dance Company.
Gao was a composer-in-residence at the MacDowell Artist Colony in New Hampshire. His work for narrator and chamber orchestra, The Emperor and the Nightingale, had its premiere at the Aspen Music Festival in 2002 and is now featured on the audio/visual display in Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Other compositions have appeared at venues such as the Gaudeamus International Music Week in Amsterdam, Amati Music Festival in New York, MusicX festival in Cincinnati and Beijing Modern-International Music Festival. A double concerto for pipa and violin inspired by Tang Poetry was first given in Cincinnati in 2004.
Gao’s music has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today (America’s most popular classical music radio program, produced by WNYC), as well as having been featured on Chinese broadcasts reaching millions of listeners. As a pianist, Gao’s sensibilities evince a respect for the traditional canon as well as a thirst for the avant garde. Among the living composers with whom he has collaborated are George Crumb, Frederic Rzewski, Jack Body and many distinguished composers from his native China.
Learn more about Gao Ping courtesy of the Naxos label here.