Pianist, Janet Hui-Chuan Kao has given numerous concerts in the United States, Australia, Spain, and Taiwan. She made her solo debut in the National Concert Hall of Taiwan in 1997 and her concerto debut with the Taipei Chamber Orchestra in 1998. Her many awards include first prize in the Puigcerda International Piano Solo Competition in Spain, top prizes in the Baltimore Music Club Competition and the Yamaha Piano Competition in Taiwan. Ms. Kao was also awarded Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Scholarship at USC and an Artist Scholarship by Taiwan's ChiMei Cultural Foundation.
As an experienced collaborator, Janet Kao has made many appearances in the Los Angeles area with instrumentalists and vocalists. She has been invited to several summer festivals including the Music Academy of the West, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, and has served as a staff accompanist at the Aspen Music Festival and a staff coach at Opera in the Ozarks. Currently she is the opera teaching assistant at the University of Southern California and will serve as a staff accompanist for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Grazs, Austria in the summer of 2008.
Ms. Kao is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. She received her previous education from The Peabody Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. She has studied with Robert McDonald, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, and Alan Smith.