Department Assistant at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Executive Director of Artciál International Music Competition and Festival
BM, New England Conservatory of Music
MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
DMA Candidate, University of Southern California
Jingze Sarah Gao, discovered her musical talent at the age of five and won her first piano competition award by the age of ten. She was the prize winner in the national and international piano competitions and has actively performed piano solo, piano duo, and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Gao received high recognition from the media and music critics such as Murcia Regional News for her Schubert Performance. “An unforgettable Performance of Schubert, the reencounter with an exquisite version of magnificent fantasy “the wanderer” a re-encounter that for itself worth for all competition.” At the New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as an orchestral pianist working with renowned conductors such as Ken-David Masur, Hugh Wolff, and Jeffrey Kahane. Her music festival performances include Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Amalfi Music & Arts Festival, and Beijing Internationally Music Festival.
Gao was a top prize winner in numerous national and international piano competitions and also has been invited to WUSF Live Radio for interviews and performances as their resident young artist. As a music educator, Sarah is currently the Executive Director of the Artciál International Music Competition and Festival in San Francisco.
Gao received her piano training under the guidance of Gabriel Chodos at the New England Conservatory (BM), and Yoshikazu Nagai and Garrick Ohlsson at the San Francisco Conservatory (MM & PSD) with the position of being the assistant in the Piano Department. Currently, Gao is pursuing a highly sought-after Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California, working with Jeffrey Kahane.
Additionally, Gao is an active piano teacher with experience teaching young children through adults since 2012. Many of her students received local piano competitions awards, were selected by young artist music festivals, admitted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and archived the ABRSM (Associated Board Royale School of Music) Piano Exam.