Gao Hong is a composer and Chinese pipa master. She has received top awards and honors including First Prize in the Hubei Professional Young Music Performers Competition and an International Art Cup in Beijing. Gao has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras, jazz musicians, and musicians from other cultures. As a composer, she has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Walker Art Center, the Jerome Foundation, Zeitgeist, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater. Meet the Composer Inc. in New York City has awarded her two Creative Connections grants, two MetLife Creative Connections grants and a Global Connections grant. She’s the recipient of a Bush and three McKnight fellowships.