International Schools Choral Music Society

Nathaniel Gao

Big Band Director
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Nathaniel Gao is a saxophonist and composer who has been based in Beijing since 2006. He has been a key contributor to the local jazz scene as both a co-leader of the quintet Red Hand as well as a leader of his own quartet and trio. Additionally, Gao has been active in an eclectic range of other musical projects including Three Sergeants Syndrome, The Beijing City Big Band, Afrokoko Roots and Bu Yiding. He has performed at the Ninegates Jazz Festival, the MIDI Jazz Festival, the Chongqing Jazz Festival, and the Ditan Park Music Festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival and at major venues in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Guangzhou. He has had the pleasure of performing with (and learning from) John Patitucci, Matthew Shipp, Robin Eubanks, and Billy Kilson. Some of the best in their field.

Gao graduated from UNI in 2006 with a BA in music performance and in 2011 completed an MA in jazz performance at the City College of New York.