Lin Gao

Born in Shanghai China in 1988, Lin Gao commenced with studying the Erhu at the mere age of three. She was admitted into a musical school which was affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1998, studying with Lin Xin Min. Since 2007, she has been studying with Huo Yong Gang at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she completed her master of arts degree, and graduated with several honors.

Whilst studying, Lin Gao has won several first prizes not only as member of different ensembles, but also as soloist. In 2009, she was concert master of the Chinese Youth Orchestra within Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music. Coupled to this, and more recently, she attained first prize at the International Chinese Instrument Competition in 2011.

Her interest in contemporary music has led her to be in close contact with various international modern composers and to perform several master pieces such as “White Water” of the Chinese-French composer Tao Yu jointly with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and “Green Dragon” of Joël Bons with the Dutch “Nieuw Ensemble”.

Lin Gao has joined several tours covering various genres of music in Europe and Asia. As an outstanding player, she was also invited to perform at the 67th “Prague of Spring” International Music Festival and “Sharq Taronalari” in Uzbekistan where she was awarded First Prize.

Lin Gao transposed some pieces for violin into concert works for Erhu. Her adaptations convey the same virtuosity displayed in the original versions, while making the adaptations for Erhu, an instrument not accustomed to western classical music.

Lin Gao joined SCO as Zhonghu musician in 2014.