MP3 George Gao ??? - Capriccio No. 2 for Erhu ? Mongolian Fantasy ???????????
A virtuoso display of cross-cultural composing and instrumental rock-stardom that blends the best of Eastern and Western, classical and pop.
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Related styles: WORLD: Chinese traditional, CLASSICAL: Concerto
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"George Gao''s throughly convincing Capriccio No. 2, a virtuoso display of cross-cultural composing and instrumental rock-stardom that blends the best of Eastern and Western, classical and pop. The quintessentially Chinese elements - the sentimentalism of pure pentatonic melodies, the soulful timbre of the erhu - are put on unabashed display from the outset. The piece embraces its clichés with warm wet kisses, indeed it makes a whole world of them, and you never mind because cliché it may be, but is handled with astonishing deftness."
Hailed as one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters today, the Gemini Award nominated erhu master George Gao began studying the erhu at the age of six, a few years later, he won First Prize at the Shanghai Junior Instrumental Soloist Competition and a Silver Medal at the China National Junior Instrumental Soloist Contest in 1982. In 1985, he swept the three highest prizes of the Beijing China National Invitational erhu Competition. In 1999, He won a Recognition Award for his appearance at the 13th World Festival for Young Students in Pyongyang, North Korea.
George Gao studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
After winning the first prize in the Beijing National Erhu Competition, George Gao launched on a truly international performing career. He toured the US, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China extensively and featured as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, National Arts Center Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and I Musici etc. George Gao has also performed many recitals, including appearances at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong), and the National Concert Hall (Taipei). Billions of people around the world have watched him on CCTV, China''s most watched TV station.
George Gao is a hot session player, his erhu performance is frequently recorded by many world renowned composers, film, record producers. George is featured in the soundtrack for the popular science fiction television program Earth: Final Conflict, which has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. George is also featured in the soundtrack for the short documentary film The Blood Of Yingzhou District, which won the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject in 2007.
An enthusiast of many musical styles, George organized the Beijing rock band Red Maple Leaf and the pop group Snowman. In Toronto, he collaborated with many world music artists including Jesse Cook, Donald Quan, Ron Korb and joined many world music ensembles such as Bowfire, Silk Orchestra, George Gao Ensemble and Memento. He has pioneered the development of new music for the erhu, fusing traditional Chinese music with jazz, Western Classical music, New Age, and other ethnic music from different world cultures.
As a composer, George Gao has composed music for many films and documentaries. He co-composed with Brian Keane for Bill Moyer''s Productions/Lenon Documentary 3 part documentary film "Becoming American, the Chinese Experience". He is also a songwriter who has a few hit songs in China. He has written many erhu works including "Capriccio for Erhu", which was designated as compulsory work for the final round of the "2002 International Dragon Cup Erhu Competition", "Erhu Capriccio No. 2 - Mongolian Fantasy", which was designated as compulsory work for the final round of the "2008 Shanghai Spring Festival International Erhu Competition".
First described in Song Dynasty(A.D. 420-479), erhu is an ancient musical instrument which is extremely popular in China today as a medium for both traditional and contemporary music. Consisting of a drum-like mahogany sound box covered with a snake skin head, two steel strings stretched from the sound box along a narrow bridge, sound is generated by a horse hair bamboo bow. The range of erhu spans about four octaves, and while the sound is very similar to a Western violin, it differs by being much more nasal in quality. Because there is no fingerboard against which the player can press, finger pressure is a critical part of erhu technique. Assuming this aspect of erhu playing is mastered, the lack of a finger board actually allows for a tremendous flexibility for the erhu player in controlling the sound and expressiveness of this instrument - a flexibility approaching that of the human voice.
在作曲方面，他为许多加拿大电影，电视，广告谱曲，其中包括电影Landing，Yellow Wedding，广告包括获广告音乐金奖的加航广告。他与美国曾获过二十多次Grammy大奖及题名的美国作曲家Brian Keane合作为美国超级电视网PBS配写了名为Becoming American - the Chinese Experience三集纪录巨片。高韶青的二胡作品二胡随想曲及二胡随想曲第二号－蒙风被公认为当今二胡作品的经典之作，是许多重大国际二胡比赛必选曲目。