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Gao Hong

Gao Hong

  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments, Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble, Music

Education & Professional History

1986-1990, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, P.R. China. Graduated with Honors, Student of Pipa Master Lin Shicheng

1979-1985, Hebei Provincial School of the Arts, Hebei, P.R. China. Graduated with Honors.

At Carleton since 2001.

Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing since 2008.

Guest Professor at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin China since 2016

Highlights & Recent Activity

Awards and Honors

            2016 - USArtists International grant form the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

                    - Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

                    - "Pipa Potluck - Lutes Around the World" - Winner of the 2016 Global                              Music Award - Outstanding Album Award

                    - Honored Guest Professor Title at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in                            Tianjin China.

            2015 - Arts Tour Minnesota Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

                      - Arts Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

            2014 - 416 Club Commissions by Cedar Cultural Center

                    - Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

          2013 - Sorel Medallion in Recording grant from the Elizabeth & Michel Sorel                              Charitable  Organization, Inc. 

                   - Student-Faculty Fellows Program from ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation

          2012   - Winner of the 2012 Global Music Award 's - Award of Excellence

- Winner of the 2012-2013 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.

-Arts Tour Minnesota Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

- Folk and Traditional Arts Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

- Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

2011 - Arts Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

        - USArtists International grant of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership          with the National  Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

2010  - Student-Faculty Fellows Program from ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation

            - Art Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

            - Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

            - Subito award from the American Composers Forum          

2009   - Global Connections grant from the Meet The Composer Inc. in New York.

        - USArtists International grant of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership           with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2008 - Honored Guest Professor Title at the Central Conservatory of Music in                            Beijing.

            - Jerome Foundation Emerging Composer Grant

                        - McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians

    - MetLife Creative ConnectionsGrant from the Meet The Composer Inc. in NYC.

            - Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum.

           2007- Cultural Community Partnership Grant from the MN State Arts Board

                       - Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant

                        - St Paul Listens Grant from the American Composers Forum

      - Winner of the American Composers Forum Essentially Choral Program

               - MetLife Creative ConnectionsGrant from the Meet The Composer Inc. in NYC.

           2006 - Creative Connections Grant from Meet The Composer Inc. in New York.

            - Encore awardfrom the American Composers Forum

            2005 - Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum

            - Creative Connections Grant from Meet The Composer Inc. in New York

                        - Jerome Foundation Emerging Composer Commission

            2004 - Bush Fellowship for Folk and Traditional Arts

                        - Artist Initiative Grant form the Minnesota State Arts Board

            2003 - Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant

            2002 - Jerome Foundation Emerging Composer Commission

            2001 - McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians

            2000 - Awarded LIN (Leadership Initiative in Neighborhoods) grant from The St. Paul Companies

1998 - American Composers Forum Performance Incentive Fund

                        - Included in People’s Publishing’s “Dictionary of Chinese Musicians”

            1997 - Artist Assistance Fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board

                        - McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians

                        - Asian-Pacific Award from Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans

                        - Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant

            1996 - Received funding through Walker Arts Center Community Partnership

                        - Included in “The Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Music Notables”

                        - Featured in the book “Famous People From Henan Province”

            1990 - Awarded International Art Cup in Beijing

            1984 - 1st Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Music

GAO HONG  ( Chinese pipa player and composer) began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she studied with pipa master Lin Shicheng. She has received numerous awards and honors, including First Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition, a Beijing Art Cup, an Asian Pacific Award, and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Meet the Composer and Sorel Organization in New York. In 2005 Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2012 she became the only musician in any genre to win four McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians. As a composer, she has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Walker Art Center, the Jerome Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ragamala, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Danish guitarist Lars Hannibal, Theater Mu, IFTPA, and Twin Cities Public Television. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the United States and has participated in such events as the Lincoln Center Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and 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, Pasadena Symphony, and the Women's Philharmonic (San Francisco), among others. She is also Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China. Gao Hong's personal website can be found at: www.chinesepipa.com.

Asian Studies

Gao Hong (Performance Activities Coordinator) began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from the Central Conservatory of Music, China's premier music school, where she studied with pipa master Lin Shicheng. She has received numerous awards and honors, including First Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition in China and an Asian Pacific Award, and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Meet the Composers Inc. in New York and the Jerome Foundation. In 2005 Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2008 she became the only musician in any genre to win three McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians. As a composer, she has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Walker Art Center, the Jerome Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, Theater Mu, IFTPA, and Twin Cities Public Television. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the United States and has participated in such events as the Lincoln Center Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the International Festival. She has performed countless United States and world premieres of pipa concerti with organizations such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, and the Women's Philharmonic (San Francisco). She also is a Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Gao Hong's personal website can be found at http://www.chinesepipa.com.

Profile updated October 14, 2016

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