The Young Artists Orchestra closes out the season with one of the most famous works in classical music, Korsakov’s Scheherezade. Chinese-American violinist, Qi Cao, makes her Las Vegas debut as guest concertmaster and soloist with the LVYAO. The Young Artists Orchestra Academy impresses with a program featuring Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite and segments of Warlock’s Capriol Suite.
Lauded by the Washington Post as a ‘real star’, Qi Cao has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician throughout China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, appearing at prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Millennium Stage.
Ms. Cao has been featured in numerous reviews, including the Washington Post, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Capital Times, the Times-Picayune, the Well-Tempered Ear, the Score Newsletter, the Singapore Embassy Newsletter, the Straits Times (Singapore), and the Instep Magazine (Singapore).
Ms. Cao is currently a violinist at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of music degree from Yale University.
Ms. Cao won ﬁrst prizes in numerous competitions including the Emerging Artist Competition in Monroe, the National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore, the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Competition in Minneapolis, the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Solo Competition, the Connecticut ASTA Solo Competition, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concerto Competition, and the Kennedy Center/NSO Summer Institute Concerto Competition. Ms. Cao received the International String Player Award at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand.
Ms. Cao previously served as the assistant principal violinist at the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and as a section violinist at the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Madison Opera. She also performed with the Symphony Silicon Valley, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Cao has appeared as guest concertmaster in the Kennedy Center NSO Summer Institute, Australia Summer Orchestra Institute, and Norfolk Chamber Choir Institute, and as principal second in the Round Top Music Festival. She has also participated in the Paciﬁc Music festival (Japan), the Orford Music Academy (Canada), Singapore Arts Festival, and Shanghai (China) International Spring Music Festival.
Ms. Cao is a violin and recorder teacher for the Link-Up outreach program at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a string faculty for the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Summer Music Festival. She has taught violin and viola lessons at the Esperanza School, the KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy, the Community Music Lesson Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Foote School in New Haven, and the Motivate Music School in Singapore.”Ms. Cao has given multiple presentations and lecture recitals in New York, Madison, New Orleans, and Shanghai (China). She frequently serves as a jury for auditions and”competitions in the United States.