Guzheng and Chinese Percussionist
Member of Chinese Musicians’ Association
Gangqin Zhao, younger sister of Yangqin Zhao, studied the yangqin under her father ever since childhood. She was on stage performing when she was eight. At age 14, she began to learn the guzheng (Chinese zither) and percussion instruments under the well-known music educator and the board director of the China Musician’s Association, Jiangsu Branch.
In 1987, she attended the Music Department of Nanjing Normal University, in the same year, she studied guzheng under Professor Yongmei Tu and Ass. Professor Aihua Yang in the Music Department of Nanjing Academy of Arts; studied the yangqin under famous yangqin master Yangqin Zhao.
In 1989, she was as an excellent student visiting Singapore with the Teachers & Students Visit Group of Nanjing Normal University. The group visited in Singapore about five days.
In 1990, she was horned as Ten Best Singers by the Nanjing Normal University.
Since 1991, she has been teaching the guzheng and yangqin in the Nanjing Children Music & Dance School.
In 1996, she took part in the editing the music book for Jiangsu Province School District. The book has been used as nationwide music book. She also certified by Jiangsu Educational Committee.
In 1998, she was invited as a multi-instrumentalist by Young Imaginations, Inc. for performances and educational programs in the schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1999, she performed in the Silk Road Festival at Skirball Center, Los Angeles.
In 2000, she performed with “Peony Pavilion” group at Denmark International Folk Festival.
In January 2001, she performed with “Peony Pavilion” group at Berlin International Folk Festival.
She has performed throughout California. She has performed at Cal Performances (UC Berkeley), the Music Center of L.A. County, Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts (San Francisco), San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Flint Center (Cupertino), UC, Sacramento, CSU, Chico, and Petalume Summer Festival, Sonomo Folk Festival, Asian American Jazz Festival etc.