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Ming Gao has served as concertmaster of the Nanjing Experimental Orchestra in his native China, the Eastman Philharmonia in the Heidelberg Castle Festival, Germany and acting concertmaster of the Youngstown and Harrisburg symphony orchestras and MOSSPAC Chamber Orchestra. Gao is currently a first violinist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of New York in the summer months.
Before moving to Naples, Gao was with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He also appeared in several music festivals in the United States, Germany and China, including Sunflower Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Buzzards Bay Musicfest, MOSSPAC Music Festival, Heidelberg Castle Festival and the Spring of Xuan Wu Hu Festival. In 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009, he was invited to play chamber music concerts in Nanjing, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Suzhou and Beijing, China. Some of these concerts were broadcast live by Jiang Su Provincial TV station and CCTV (China national television station). He is also a guest violin professor of Nanjing Conservatory of Music, offering violin master classes in China during the summer. He has recorded solo and chamber music for Nanjing radio and television stations, Jiang Su Provincial radio and television stations and QRS Music Rolls, Inc.
Gao’s appearances as a soloist include the Naples Philharmonic, Orchestra Nova, Nanjing Experimental Orchestra and Jiang Su Provincial Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1993.
Ming Gao is underwritten by Linda & Robert Morris
David was born in Beijing, China, where he began playing violin at age six. In 1979, he attended the Central Conservatory in Beijing to study violin performance. In 1988, he became a violinist for the China National Orchestra, and from 1991 performed in Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea. He relocated to the United States in 1994, where he studied at the University of Miami. He proudly became a United States citizen in 2000. In 1998, David joined the Sarasota Orchestra and in 1995, he joined the Southwest Florida Symphony and became part of our Charlotte Symphony Orchestra family.
Violinist Judith Yanchus studied in Boston and New York with the teachers Rouben Gregorian, Ivor Karman and Joseph Fuchs. While a member of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yanchus was offered a position with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam but returned to the United States to join the St. Paul String Quartet and become Principal Second of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In a performance of a Bach Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra, she “displayed pure, sweet tone, impeccable intonation and fine musicianship.” She has also been a member of the Buffalo Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and most recently a first violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Since leaving the Met, Yanchus has played concertmaster with the Norwalk (CT) Symphony and the Windham (NY) Chamber Music Festival Orchestra. In her debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall, the New York Times described Judith Yanchus as “a fine technician—her attacks precise, her intonation secure, her fingers strong and certain.” Long-term chamber music associations include The String Trio of New York, which performed its extensive repertoire in the New York area and in Boston and Minneapolis, plus the Hammond Chamber Players in North Salem, NY. In addition to recital appearances in the New York area, she has appeared as guest artist at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and as a concerto soloist in Charlotte, NC.