Blending Cultures Through Music: An Interview with World-Renowned Pipa Master Gao Hong
Join us for a conversation with world-renowned pipa performer, composer, and educator Professor Gao Hong. She will discuss Chinese music in the U.S. and her work over the years to build cultural bridges through the universal language of music.
This program kicks off the China Center's "Chinese Culture Series," introducing various aspects and layers of Chinese cultural charms to the local community.
About the Speaker
Gao Hong graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she studied with pipa master Lin Shicheng. She has received numerous awards and honors. In 2005, Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2019 she became the only musician in any genre to win five McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians.
She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the United States, and has participated in the Lincoln Center Festival and San Francisco Jazz Festival, and in international festivals in Paris, Caen, Milan, and Perth. She has performed countless U.S. and world premieres of pipa concerti with organizations such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, China Central National Orchestra, Guangdong National Orchestra, and the Women’s Philharmonic, among others. In 2017, she became the first Chinese musician to play the national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game at Target Center in Minneapolis.
In 2016, Gao Hong completed the first pipa method book ever written in English and had it published by Hal Leonard. She teaches Chinese musical instruments and directs the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble and the Global Music Ensemble at Carleton College in Minnesota. She is also Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, and Hebei Provincial School for the Arts in China. She is also a member of the American Composer Forum’s and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts’ board directors.
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