Fields Pianos would like to congratulate Dr. Mingyi Gao for being nominated to Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame and selected as Steinway's Orange County Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Mingyi Gao is an educator, recitalist, guest artist, chamber musician and adjudicator, she has performed in venues throughout China, Europe and North America.
Dr. Gao was born in the city of Nanjing, China and made her solo recital debut at the age of seven. She was winner of Jiangsu Piano Competition, Gulangyu Piano Competition, NTDTV International Piano Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and the New York “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition. She has participated and performed in Shanghai International Piano Festival, Prague International Music Festival, Eastman “Music for All” program, the Chautauqua International Music Festival with orchestra and the tribute to legendary Vladimir Horowitz Concert. Dr. Gao can be heard through the CD release of Czerny Exercises and her CD recordings include repertoires of Czerny-Piano Technique Practice, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Bartok, and more.
Dr. Gao holds a BM degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and graduate degrees (MM and DMA) of Musical arts degrees in piano performance and literature from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steinway Artist Ms. Rebecca Penneys.
Dr. Gao frequently communicates with young pianists through recitals, competitions and masterclasses at conservatories and universities. She was the guest professor at Taizhou University and AMF “Master Series”. She gave lectures, masterclasses and recitals at Nanjing University, Summit Jewish community centers and Fudan University. She was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Steinway Selected School Irvine Conservatory of Music. She is a member of MTAC, SYMF and previous chair of Orange County West Southern California Jr. Bach Festival. She is appointed judge of WPTA IPC and Vivace International Piano Competition.
Dr. Gao’s piano studio has been established with Steinway Pianos since 2004 and her students include grand prize winners in national and international competitions, which leads to performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Duncan Recital Hall and Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre. Dr. Gao’s students have received offers and gone on to attend universities such as UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, UCI, NYU, Yale School of Music, and Emory University.
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