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<div class="ExternalClass7D079336EFC54F00B5C040961C49F94A"><p>Named one of Musical America's <a href="https://www.musicalamerica.com/specialreports/2021_PROFESSIONALS_OF_THE_YEAR.pdf"><em>Top 30 Professionals of the Year</em></a> in 2021, Xiang "Sean" Gao is one of the world's most successful art presenters, producers, composers, and pedagogues. As a concert violin soloist, his musical integrity and virtuoso technique have gained accolades from audiences and reviewers around the world. He has also been a featured soloist performing with more than 100 orchestras worldwide and for world leaders including two U.S. Presidents, three Chinese Presidents, and many other national leaders. In 2014, he was granted the <em>Delaware Governor's Award</em> for his contribution in the arts.</p><p> </p><p>As a composer and songwriter with a focused mission to attract new and younger audiences to performing arts, Xiang Gao created "<a href="http://shanghaisonatas.com/">Shanghai Sonatas</a>", a hybrid new musical that combines musical theatre, live classical music and visual art. It is based on the memoirs of Jewish refugee musicians who escaped Nazi Germany and found refuge in Shanghai and how music helped them to survive the war. This production is currently being developed by Tony award-winning Broadway producers and touring as a concert production. </p><p> </p><p>As a solo violinist and founder of <a href="https://6-wire.com/">6-WIRE</a> trio (violin, erhu & piano), a world-traveling crossover ensemble, highlights of Xiang's recent season's engagements include Carnegie Hall solo and chamber performances; the commissioning and world premiere of Bright Sheng's piano quartet for 6-WIRE in New York and Hong Kong; the North American premiere of Eduard Tubin's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Detroit Symphony; China and Israel tour of the world premiere of Mark Hagerty's concerto "Beyond These Horizons" for 6-WIRE and orchestra; China and U.S. tour of the world premiere of Kristin Kuster's "Two Jades" for solo violin and symphony band in Disney Hall, Los Angeles and the National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing, China; solo performances with orchestras worldwide including the Czech Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony-National Orchestra of Sweden, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, the Estonia National Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival orchestras and the Knoxville Symphony. </p><p> </p><p>Mr. Gao lives in Newark, Delaware, where he is the Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and the founding director of the <a href="https://www.masterplayers.udel.edu/">Master Players Concert Series</a> at the University of Delaware, a flagship presenting organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is also a distinguished visiting professor at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, as well as three leading universities in China. Xiang founded the UD <a href="https://www.masterplayers.udel.edu/festival/mpf">Master Players International Music Festival</a> in 2014 (MPF). MPF, the only bi-lingual festival in the world, is one of the fastest growing summer music festivals in the U.S. that makes Newark, Delaware a cultural destination in the summer, while attracting top quality artists and students from the U.S. and Asia to experience the UD campus.</p><p> </p><p>In recognition of his contributions in the large campaign for the <a href="https://www.music.udel.edu/events/venues/david-and-lousie-roselle-center-for-the-arts">UD Roselle Center for the Arts</a> project, in 2004, UD purchased Professor Gao a rare violin made by G.B. Ceruti in 1794 for his international performing career. In 2007, the <a href="https://www.stradivarisociety.com/recipients/">Stradivari Society</a> in Chicago selected Mr. Gao to be a recipient of world-famous Stradivarius violins for his concerts. Mr. Gao is represented by California Artists Management. (<a href="http://xianggao.net/">XIANGGAO.NET</a>)</p><p> </p><p>Between his busy music activities worldwide, Mr. Gao has been honored to mentor and teach many talented UD violin and performing arts management students for over 20 years. He can also be found cooking Chinese cuisine, golfing, fishing, hiking, watching college football or skiing with his wife, <a href="https://www.dllc.udel.edu/people/faculty-profiles/rdong">Dr. Renee Z. Dong</a>, an associate professor of Chinese at UD and a scholar in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. They share their home with their daughter, a young violinist <a href="https://samanthagao.com/">Samantha Gao</a>, and their two Tonkinese cats, Luna and Mika. The Gaos are proud members of the <a href="https://www.udel.edu/alumni-friends/give/giving-societies/delaware-diamonds-society/">Delaware Diamond Society</a> supporting UD.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.xianggao.net/"><strong>www.xianggao.net</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaisonatas.com/"><strong>Shanghai Sonatas</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.6-wire.com/"><strong>www.6-wire.com</strong></a></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/xianggaomusic"><strong>www.Youtube.com/user/xianggaomusic</strong></a></p></div>xiangg@udel.eduGao, Xiang "Sean"<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/XG%20in%20Chinese%20suit%20color%201.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Master Players Producing Artistic DirectorUniversity of Delaware Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music, Violinhttp://www.xianggao.net

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