Staff biography

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Zhao Liang

School Artistic Principal

 

Zhao Liang began learning the Guzheng (Chinese harp) at the age of six in Singapore. Arriving in Adelaide in 2002, Zhao established the School of Chinese Music & Arts in Gouger St in 2005. Zhao is an exciting and highly accomplished performer, with a heart for the community and touch of an artist. 

 

Her work includes a number of stimulating and ground breaking projects, such as Multicultural Storytimes program for 0-5year olds. Initially funded by Multicultural SA in 2015, it has been embraced and continued on up until today by local councils and libraries.  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.

 

In 2019, she also founded San Ureshi - a unique oriental trio with David Dai (erhu) and Satomi Ohnishi (percussion). Their music are mostly original, with an oriental jazz take, breaking boundaries yet embracing tradition, with some of their work responding to artwork from Art Gallery South Australia.

 

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David Dai

Artistic Deputy 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. 

 

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Alex Chen

Violin / Viola Teacher

 

Alex Chen, one of Adelaide’s young aspiring viola and violin player. Not only is he trained classically, he has also been diverse and open to other performing styles. He began violin with Jill Folauhola at the age of 9 and Keith Crellin on viola at the age of 14. He was also part of Mahogany string quartet from 2017-2018, and part of Oriental Flair since 2016. He is the principal viola player at Adelaide Youth Orchestra in 2020, and have been part of Adelaide Youth Orchestra since 2016. At the National Camp 2020, he has also worked with Tzelaw Chan, Merewyn Bramble and Sally Clarke.

As a dedicated teacher, Alex motivates them and gives them the best start to a musical journey.

 

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Xuting Zhao

Piano Teacher

 

Xuting Zhao (Tina) studied piano with Professor Fan Yuanji since childhood.
She graduated from the Shandong University major in piano  performance (Bachelor) and University of Adelaide majoring in composition (Master). Her works performed in Elder hall, The
Adelaide Fringe and OzAsia Music Festival. She also acted as piano accompaniment in several concert and AMEB examinations. She has been engaged piano teaching since 2011 and has rich
teaching experience. Her students have achieved impressive results in Chopin international youth piano competition, Hong Kong Liszt Piano Competition.
In 2018, Xuting was an intern at School of Chinese Music & Arts as part of her course at University of Adelaide. Since then, she has been involved in compositions for different projects. In 2019, she composed for Oriental Flair for Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2021 Chinese New Year Concert. Her compositions presented a touch of orient with some great highlights, which was performed by
guzhengs with western strings and piano.

 

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Jerica Fung

Guzheng Teacher

Jerica started at the age of 7 and was under the guidance of world renowned Guzheng performer & teacher, Yin Qun  尹群老师. She has won numerous awards over the past decade including the Biennial Singapore National Chinese Music Competition Guzheng Youth champion at the age of 16. Having studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ school of young talent programme at the age of 9, she obtained her Guzheng diploma grading certification at the age of 14. Jerica is also part of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra from 2013-2018 as the Guzheng player of the orchestra. She has performed on national and international stages in Singapore, China and Taiwan.

She has been teaching students of all ages since 2018, and was also one of the highlight performers for Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2021 Chinese New Year Concert.

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Sally Wang

Pipa Teacher

Sally graduated in Yunnan Art School, majoring in pipa performance. Her performance and teaching styles are often applauded by audiences and students. Sally possess extensive experiences in performances and teaching, gaining various awards in competitions in China and Singapore. In 2015, Sally was an exchange with Sheffield Hallam University School of Art. Since 2019, she has actively been performing in the local music scene in Adelaide, and was principal pipa player at Adelaide Chinese Orchestra. She also has performed at various times in Ozasia festival Adelaide.

Since 2015, she has begun teaching pipa at Kunming, China and is now one of School of Chinese Music & Arts’ in-house facilitators. She is currently completing her Master of Education with University of Adelaide.

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Cindy Fan

Voice Teacher

Cindy graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Traditional Voice. She has trained with renowed perfomer and educator Xuesheng Tan 譚學勝 and also Qian Shi 史倩. In addition to expansive performing experiences in China, she has also been to the United Kingdom and the United States to perform. Since 2019, Cindy has been actively performing in the South Australian music scene, including at Ozasia festival and also featured in Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2021 Chinese new year concert as a  vocal solo. She has also collaborated and performed with San Ureshi since 2021, as a featured singer with contemporary folk styles.

She has had extensive teaching experience since 2014 and is also currently one of School of Chinese Music & Art’s in-house facilitators.  She has also graduated with Master of Education from the University of South Australia.

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Rocky Zhang

Dizi / Xiao Teacher

Rocky begun Dizi since a very young age, commencing learning with Jian-Heng He 何建亨老师 and later on Yi-Ping Chen 陈一平老师. Rocky was the principal dizi player in Sha Tin Government Secondary School (Hongkong) and have been involved in various performances since then. Besides dizi 笛, Rocky has also performed and competed with Xiao 箫, and gained awards for various nominations including championship. 

Since coming to Australia, Rocky has been involved with Ozasia festival since 2017. He has been the principal dizi player at Adelaide Chinese Orchestra, as well as a facilitator at School of Chinese Music and Arts in-house programs. He was also one of the highlight performers for Adelaide Festival Centre's 2021 Chinese New Year Concert.

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