The Chinese Dulcimer A Solo Journey

Chao’s solo concert takes the audience on a tour of Classical Chinese music with her virtuosic performance on the Chinese dulcimer. Her concert presents to the audience with a neo-Chinese impression by taking them from ancient China into modern times with original Chinese inspired compositions. In addition, Chao’s unique academic background and experience as a traditional Chinese musician enabled her effortlessly transit between classic music and traditional Chinese music. Her experience collaborating with musician cross genres and her deep academic understanding of music led to her often fuses elements across time and region in her music in branding them with her own unique interpretation.

Artist in Residence 2017-2018 at Strathmore Music Center

A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program was created more than a decade ago to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception in 2005, the program has mentored 86 musicians. As an AIR, Chao's concerts and workshop will be held in April 2018.

Collaborations Available for Tour

In each of these collaborations, Chao and her colleagues are happy to offer concerts, workshops and master classes.

Always Folk Ensemble

Always Folk”, a music ensemble and a studio initiated by Chao and her musician friends in Beijing. She is the current director of the studio and the leader of ensemble musicians. "Always Folk" was created on the purpose to recreate, research and to further propagate traditional Chinese folk music and promoting the ancient and mysterious oriental phonology, using China's outstanding traditional music as an instrument, and through modern forms of artistic heritage. Meanwhile, “Always Folk” also focus on performing Chinese traditional music pieces with bold innovation and exploration with contemporary qualities additives and diversification.


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