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Gao Ping

Research Associate

Gao Ping

Music Programme
School of Arts

Gao Ping (高平)is a composer and pianist born in Sichuan province, known for evocative textures and piano vocalization, and is the recipient of high musical honors. Growing up as a young pianist at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, Gao Ping was affected by China’s concurrent transformation from a collective to a market economy. This transitional phase between old and new-- and the productive cultural clash between East and West -- left traces that would later be evident in his music. The Beijing-based musicologist Prof. Li Xi’an has referred to Gao Ping as a leading member of the “sixth generation” of Chinese composers.

Gao Ping’s works have been presented to acclaim all over the world. Gao Ping’s last chamber music release on Naxos was critically acclaimed and was described by a German critic as “music which wants to be heard with ears of a child, full of wonder and amazement…. deep and vulnerable.” His second chamber music album on Naxos was released in 2013.

In his recent works, Gao returns more fully to China as a creative theme. Works such as Piano Quintet “Mei Lan Zhu Ju”(2009) and Four Not-Alike for multi-function pianist and Chinese instruments (2012) reflect the appeal of Gao’s fusing of Western and Eastern idioms, as well as the expanding interest in his compositions dealing with China and its multiple pasts.

Dr. Gao is currently a Professor in Composition at Conservatory of Music-Capital Normal University in Beijing. He also holds a guest professorship at China Conservatory. He previously taught composition at the School of Music at the Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.(website: www.gaoping.org)

Email: c/- music@waikato.ac.nz