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 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.

 

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. 

 

Jack Overall

Cellist

Jack Overall began learning the cello at age 9 with Ruth Saffir, later attending Marryatville High School Special Interest Music Centre. He was awarded most promising cellist (2015 and 2016), most outstanding string player (2018), and 5MBS young virtuoso finalist (2019) in the Adelaide Eisteddfod. Jack has played principal cello with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and was a member of the associated string quartet under the guidance of Keith Crellin OAM.  Performance highlights include the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp concert series (2017-2020), a Flinders University lunchtime concert (2020), Elder Conservatorium Top Class lunchtime concert (2019) and the Australian premiere of Lucas Debargue’s Piano Trio (2019). Jack is currently studying with Simon Cobcroft at the Elder Conservatorium.

 

Jenny Hu

Flute / Viola player

 

Jenny Hu is a recent graduate of Marryatville High School, being heavily involved with the school’s intensive music programme. Along with Marryatville High School’s many ensembles, she is also an avid member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. Over the past few years Jenny has received numerous scholarships and awards including the Wyatt Secondary Scholarship. Recently she has been awarded the Tertiary Colin Oliver Music Scholarship as well as a Scholarship from the Adelaide Youth Orchestras. Jenny is now currently in her first year of a Bachelor Music – Classical Performance under the tutelage of Elizabeth Koch AM where she is preparing for her Associate of Music AMEB.

Satomi Ohnishi

Jazz Percussionist

Satomi started playing drums and percussion at the age of twelve years, studying with Japanese Jazz drummer Takeshi Inomata. She has performed in various festivals and well-known venues, such as Manly International Jazz Festival (NSW) and The Basement (Sydney). She worked with Slingsby Theatre Company’s new show premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2018). She has recently completed a Master Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration at Berklee Online.

Satomi is also founder of San Ureshi, along with Zhao and David.

This trio has received much credit in the short period of time, delivering more than 60 school workshops and performances in one year's time, including being part of Ozasia Festival 2019. They have also been involved in Adelaide Festival Centre's Chinese new year concerts and workshops 2019 and 2020.

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