Meet Zhao Liang, one of the talented musicians that have been selected to take a place in the Creative Cohesion program with Nexus Arts and Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia.
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. An exciting and highly accomplished performer – Zhao has played both solo and with groups at many important events including OzAsia Festival, at Government House, and at Adelaide Festival Centre concerts. She has been a guest lecturer at the Adelaide University Confucius Institute and has 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 innovative projects including ‘Multicultural Storytimes’ for 0-5-year-olds, presented in local libraries. In 2016 Zhao initiated An Oriental Flair, an 8-piece ensemble of eastern harps and western strings. She is also a founding member of Moonta Street, an ensemble presenting a contemporary sound blending Chinese and European traditional music.
We’re thrilled to have her as part of our program and look forward to seeing where she will take her career in Adelaide.
What is the Creative Cohesion Program?
Nexus Arts, in partnership with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA, presents Creative Cohesion: a two-stream development program working with musicians and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Individual musicians are invited to apply to take part in the Community Musician Development Program to gain skills and experience in leading community music workshops, working with experienced community arts practitioner Julian Ferraretto.
Musicians (soloists, groups and ensembles) are invited to apply to take part in the Presentation and Promotion Program, which will see participants take part in a range of activities designed to develop professional skills, be provided with professional Media Kits to better equip their practice, and perform at the Nexus Arts CBD venue with appropriate marketing and promotional support.
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