Fang Gao is an active performer on both Modern and Baroque Violins. She has performed recitals with her husband, organist Dr. Weicheng Zhao in Canada and through out the United States, and has been featured as an ensemble member in the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival, Berkeley and San Francisco Early Music Festivals. She plays a Baroque violin made in London in 1779 by John Crowther for the shop of John Kennedy.
Born in Tianjin China, Ms. Gao started her violin studies at the age of four. She received the Bachelor of Music Degree and the Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Tianjin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Zili Liu and Jixu Chen. Among numerous scholarships, she received the National Encouragement Scholarship, the Special Education Scholarship, and the Entitled Excellent Student Award . She was a member of the Tianjin TEDA Symphony Orchestra for four years.
From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Gao was a faculty member at the Wenning Guan Studio for Strings and Musical Arts, Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the Sunshine School of the Arts, Tianjin where she taught individual instruction in violin, music appreciation classes, and classical aural skills. Her video of open courses has been published by People's Daily Online 2012. Because of the achievement of her students in the 2011 Tianjin Violin Competition, she received the Outstanding Instructor Prize.
Ms. Gao came to the United States to be with her husband in 2012. She enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program in 2014 and studied with Susan Feldman in Baroque Violin Performance at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, while holding a Colburn Foundation Scholarship. During that time, she performed with the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia and Collegium Workshop Ensemble. Private study of Baroque Violin has been with Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Wilson and study of Modern Violin has been with Suli Xue and Lynn Blakeslee. In October, 2014 Ms. Gao entered the Concerto and Solo String Division Competitions sponsored by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers who gave her the highest rating of Unanimous Superior. She has been interviewed by TV stations “LA 18” and “Fairchild TV” from Canada in 2014. She graduated from USC in 2016.
Ms. Gao is a member of California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She teaches violin at the Scaleful Music and privately and continues to perform concerts on both Modern and Baroque Violins.