Staff Biographies

 

Zhao Liang

School Artistic Principal

 

Zhao Liang began learning the Guzheng (Chinese harp) at the age of six in Singapore. Arriving in Adelaide in 2004, Zhao established the School of Chinese Music & Arts in Gouger St. Zhao is an exciting and highly accomplished performer - she has played solo or with groups at many important events including OzAsia Festival, Government House receptions, Adelaide Festival Centre  concerts and other public and private events. She has also been a guest lecture at the Adelaide University Confucius Institute, and also performed live on ABC Radio and on Radio Adelaide. 

In recent years, Arts SA has funded her to attend Masterclasses in China to  further support  her training of local artists and musicians in Chinese Music.

Zhao is currently engaged in a number of stimulating and ground breaking projects including her Multicultural Storytimes  program for 0-5year olds which are presented in local libraries. This project is funded by Multicultural SA.  In 2014 Zhao initiated An Oriental Flair, an 8 piece ensemble of eastern harps and western strings. She is also a founding member of Moonta Street since 2016 - a new group presenting a contemporary world music sound blending Chinese and European traditional music. She has also founded San Ureshi - a unique oriental trio with David Dai and Satomi Ohnishi - performing original music, delivering workshops and also multicultural storytimes.

She is also involved in various programs and projects delivered by Nexus Arts.

 

David Dai

Artistic V. Principal

 

David was born in Taiwan, Taipei. David completed his music degree having graduated at the Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan. His performs on the erhu and piano, and have studied composition and conducting. During his years in studies, he represented his University in several overseas teaching and performances, including Malaysia, Africa and several provinces in China.

Since arriving in Adelaide in 2015, he has performed with Zhao and other performers in several Adelaide performances, including Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2018, OzAsia Festival since 2016 and

Adelaide Fringe Festival since 2016.

In Ozasia Festival 2019, David conducted the Adelaide Chinese Orchestra's inaugural performance with Woodville High. David is also founding member of San Ureshi - a unique oriental trio with Zhao Liang and Satomi Ohnishi. 

 

Other acknowledgements:

Designs & llustrations: - Jordan Pote (http://jordanpote.blogspot.com/)

Music arrangements: -  Joel Ang (Oriental Flair, Adelaide Chinese Orchestra), Satomi Ohnishi (San Ureshi - Chinese trio)