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Jeffrey Gao studied composition with John Carbon, Richard Prior, Elinor Armer and Ryan Brown, and studied clarinet with Prof. Tao Chunxiao, Robert Wingert, Doris Hall-Gulati and Jeff Anderle.  His music shows influences ranging from renaissance counterpoint, romanticism, and jazz to Chinese folk music.  Jeffrey has received numerous commissions and his works have been performed in China and the U.S.   In 2013, his trio for piano, violin and bass clarinet titled “Journey” was commissioned by Trio Clavino for their China tour.  The work was performed in such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.  In 2018 and 2019, he collaborated with the world renowned violinist Haik Kazazyan on a series of concerts in northern California, receiving critical claims. Jeffrey has also served as guest lecturer in music history at the Shanghai Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Most recently, Gao’s String Quartet No.3 “ Festa no Brasil”  was commissioned, performed and professionally recorded by Quartetto L’Arianna at Sao Paulo Contemporary Music Festival. His music is currently carried by ALEA Publishing.


Jeffrey received his B.A. in in Mathematics and Music from Franklin & Marshall College where he graduated with honor.  He also received M.M. in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he currently serves as a board member.

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