GEORG BREINSCHMID (b 1973 )
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, 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 premire at the Aspen Music Festival
in 2002 and is now featured on the audio/visual display in the National Underground
Railway Freedom Center in the United States. 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 Ping's music has been heard on National
Public Radio's Performance Today, WNYC, as well as having been featured on Chinese
broadcasts reaching millions of listeners. As a pianist, Gao Ping'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. Gao
Ping is a composition lecturer in the School of Music at Canterbury University
in Christchurch , New Zealand.