Quoted by the Washington Post as “The Real Star” on July 30th 2007, Qi Cao has been performing widely as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician throughout China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and United States. Miss Cao is currently a candidate for the doctor of musical arts with a minor in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from National University of Singapore, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University.
Miss Cao was the first prize winner of the 2011 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition; 2010 Wisconsin Solo Competition; 2008 Connecticut Solo Competition; 2007 National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore; 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Concerto Competition; 2007 Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute Concerto Competition. In the same year, she was also awarded “International String Player Award” at Gisborne Music Competition in New Zealand.
Miss Cao currently serves as the assistant principal at Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and a section violinist at Madison Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She was chosen as a freelancer of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Singapore Festival Orchestra. Miss Cao has displayed her orchestral leadership at Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop (concertmaster); Australia Summer Orchestra Institute (concertmaster), Kennedy Centre/NSO Summer Institute (concertmaster) and Round Top International Summer Music Festival (principal second violin).
Miss Cao is also a very passionate teacher. She has taught private students in China, Singapore and the United States. She has worked at the Motivate Music School in Singapore. Her students have achieved both the distinguished and merit honor for passing the British ABRSM exam. Since 2008, Miss Cao has been a member of the American String Teachers Association, working as a violin instructor at Foote School in New Haven. She performed her first lecture concert successfully on Oct 25, 2009 in New York at the invitation of the Yale Alumni Association which collaborated with the Yale School of Music initiative outreach program. Currently she is a violin instructor for the community music lesson program through the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Miss Cao has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships, and awards including Jean-Pierre&Janice Golay Scholarship, Max, Hedwig&Vera F. Croner Scholarship, Seaver Eager Scholarship from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Henry and Lucy Moses scholarship from Yale School of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music scholarship, ‘Student Achievement Award’ for Arts and Culture, ‘Artist Development Award’ (two times) and ‘Dean’s List’ (five times) from National University of Singapore and the John Hopkins University. She has attended Pacific Music Festival, Kennedy Centre/NSO Summer Institute, Australia Summer Orchestra Institute, Round Top International Summer Music Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, and Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.
Born into a family of doctors, Miss Cao is always interested in music therapy and volunteer programs. She researched how rhythmic patterns affect the diagnosis of the hidden early stages of autism under the instruction of Prof. Ruff at Yale University in 2009. Miss Cao volunteered for the food bank in West Haven through Yale Divinity School and she has participated in the Sound Health program organized by the UW School of Music and UW Hospital since 2010.