Gao Hong  
Chinese Pipa Soloist and Composer
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 Honor
 
 
 
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Ga Hong's Compositions – Partial Listing

“ Green Willow Tree - for Pipa and Banjo”.  Completed 2012. Premiered at the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. by Grammy-winner Alison Brown, banjo (accompanied by Darol Anger, fiddle and Garry West, bass guitar); Gao Hong, pipa, on October, 7th, 2012. It will appear on the newest CD that will be released in 2013. Supported by McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and IFTPA.

"Gaungxi Impression for Chinese Pipa and Guitar Quartet". Completed 2012. Premiered at Sundin Hall in St. Paul by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Gao Hong on March 23, 2012. It will appear on the newest CD that will be released in 2013. Co-commissioned by the Minnesota Guitar Quartet and the Jerome Foundation.

"Nostalgia" for Clarinet, Pipa, Cello and Piano. Completed 2012 . Recorded by Jun Qian, clarinet; Gao Hong, pipa; David Carter, cello; Kent McWilliams, piano for a CD “East Meets West” . Released by Albany Records on November, 2012. Commissioned by Jun Qian.

"Golden Season" for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Optional Chinese Pipa/Guitar. Completed 2010. Premiered by the Macalester College Choir, Eugene Rogers, conductor, Gao Hong, pipa at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul February 26, 2011. Supported by the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

"Jin She de Jijie" for pipa and guitar - 2009. Premiered at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Denmark on April 23, 2009. Performed by Lars Hannibal on guitar and Yan Jiang on pipa, with subsequent performances at Cadogan Hall, London, England, The Nafplion Festival, Greece, The Madeira Festival, Portugal and Audi Festival 2010 (Germany). Commissioned by Danish guitarist Lars Hannibal.

Chun, Xia, Qiu, Dong” (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) -for pipa with Zeitgeist (clarinet, piano and two percussion). Work in process, 2007. Completed 2008. Premiered in June, 2009 in Z Studio in St Paul. Commissioned by Jerome Foundation.

“Celebration of 150/30 Years” – 2008, for clarinet, piano, percussions.  Premiered at Studio Z in St Paul for Zeitgeist's Charging Forward: 30 Years of Groundbreaking Music World Premiere of Music of Our Time- a new work by 30 Minnesota Composers . Cmmissioned by  Zeitgeist.  

“Butterfly” – 2008, for pipa, cello, veena, voice and tabla. Premiered at Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis April 19, 2008 by Gao Hong, pipa, Biplab Bhattacharya, tabla, Nirmala Rajasekar, veena and vocals, and Michelle Kinney, cello. Subsequent performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, April 27, 2008. Commissioned by Jerome Foundation.

“Courage” for pipa and percussion.2007. Premiered by Gao Hong and David Hagedorn with Present Music on June 7 in Milwaukee with subsequent performances at Ted Mann Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Jerome Foundation commission.

 "Celebration” – 2008, for pipa and multicultural ensemble. Premiered at Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis April 19, 2008 by Gao Hong, pipa, Kenny Endo, taiko, David Hagedorn, percussion, Biplab Bhattacharya, tabla, Nirmala Rajasekar, veena and vocals, Shubhendra Rao, sitar, Michelle Kinney, cello. Subsequent performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, April 27, 2008. Commissioned by Jerome Foundation.

"The Ant and the Magpie" - 2008, for clarinet, piano, pmarimba and percussions. Recordied and performed by Zeitgeis in St Paul, MN. Commissioned by American Composers Forum for its St. Paul Listens project.

“Coming of Spring“ for S.A.T.B. Chorus and Optional Chinese Pipa. Completed 2007. Winner of 2007 Essentially Choral reading program. The Essentially Choral took place on Friday, May 18, 2007. Philip Brunelle, Conductor. pipa. Premiered by VocalEssence at the Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN, April, 2008. IFTPA commission.

“Awakening” - 2007. Performed by Gao Hong and Speaking in Tongues at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam Netherlands, March 24, 2007. Jerome Foundation commission.

“Quiet Forest, Flowing Stream” – 2005, 2004, 2003. 3 versions. Original version for pipa, sitar and tables premiered 2003 at Southern Theater in Minneapolis, by Gao Hong, Shubhendra Rao, sitar, and Akram Kahn, tabla with subsequent performances at Ted Mann Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Ethical Society in St. Louis. 2nd version for the multicultural group Speaking in Tongues was premiered in 2004 and is included in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s “Wild Music’ that is currently touring the U.S. Third version premiered by The Bakken Trio, 4/05 at the Southern Theater and at Bridge Chamber Music Festival in Northfield, MN, 8/06. Carleton College Concert Hall, 04/08. Jerome Foundation commission.

 “Flying Dragon Concerto” – 2005. Performed by Gao Hong, pipa, and Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Jere Lantz, Conductor at lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. Commissioned by American Composers Forum Jerome Composers Commissioning Program. 2/4/06, Performance with Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra at Alberta Kimball Auditorium, Oshkosh, WI. Dr. William LaRue Jones, Conductor. 2/24.07, performance with Rochester Symphony with Jere Lantz, Conductor at Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Rochester, MN.

“Spring Rain”  - 2004. Performed by Anthony Cox, bass; Marcus Wise, tabla; Gao Hong, pipa at the State Theater, Minneapolis. Jerome Foundation commission.

“Morning”, 2002. Collaborative composition by Gao Hong and Shubhendra Rao. Performed By Shubhendra Rao, sitar; Ty Burhoe, tabla; Gao Hong, pipa. Premiered at Walker Art Center, 3/02 and performances at Ted Mann Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Ethical Society in St. Louis.  Recorded on Gao Hong’s “Flying Dragon” CD.

“Silk Road”- 2002. Performed by James Newton, flute; Shubhendra Rao, sitar; Ty Burhoe, tabla; Marc Anderson and Sowah Mensah, percussion; Faye Washington, flute; Donald Washington, sax; Anthony Cox, bass; Gao Hong, pipa. Premiered 3/02 at Walker Art Center. Recorded on“Flying Dragon. Multiple performances with Ragamala Music and Dance Theater.

“Made in China" - Commissioned by Twin Cities Public Television – completed 2000. Performed by Gao Hong, pipa; Wang Hong, Chinese winds & strings; Marc Anderson, percussion. Broadcasts during 2001 and 2002. Video s released 2001 and 2002.

“Song of the Pipa”- 2000. Commissioned by Theater Mu. Music for play based on Gao Hong’s life and the life of Chinese poet Bai Juyi. 20 performances at Southern Theater, March & April 2000.

“Four from One Hundred”- Commissioned by Ragamala. Performed by Gao Hong, pipa; choreographed by Ranee Ramaswamy. Three performances at O’Shaunessy Auditorium Dance Series, 4/98.

“Flying Dragon”- Current version  - 2002. Original version - 1997. Performed by Gao Hong pipa.. Over 100 performances in U.S., Europe & China. Recorded on Gao Hong’s “Flying Dragon” CD.

 

Awards, Honors, and Commissions as a composer


2012 - Co-commissioned by the Minnesota Guitar Quartet and the Jerome Foundation for Pipa and Guitar Quartet..

2012 - Commissioned by clarinetist Jun Qian for Clarinet, Pipa, Cello and Piano.

2010 - Subito award from the American Composers Forum

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

2008 -Jerome Emerging Composer Commission.

2008 - Commission from Danish guitarist Lars Hannibal for a piece for pipa and guitar to be featured on his upcoming CD.

2008 - Subito Grant from the ACF.

2007 –Winner of the American Composers Forum Essentially Choral Program.

2007 - MetLife Creative Connections Grant from the Meet The Composer (MTC).

2007- CCP Grant from the MN State Arts Board (MSAB).

2007 - Jerome Travel and Study Grant.

2007 - The St Paul Listens from the American Composers Forum.

2006– Creative Connections Grant from the MTC.

2006 - Encore award from the American Composers Forum (ACF).

2005– Subito Grant from the ACF.

2005 - Creative Connections Grant from the MTC.

2005 - Jerome Foundation Emerging Composer Commission

2002 – Jerome Emerging Composer Grant.

2002 - Walker Art Center commission.

2001 – Ragamala Music and Dance Theater commission.

2000 – Commissioned by Twin Cities Public Television to compose music for the six episode series “Made in China.”

2000 - Commissioned by Theater Mu to compose music for the play “Song of the Pipa”. 

2000 - Awarded LIN grant from St. Paul Companies

1998 – Commission from Ragamala Music and Dance Theater.
           

1997 – Composer’s Commissioning Program Award from ACF. J
           

1996 – Funding through Walker Arts Center Community Partnership.