Simone Salmon - Harp Soloist
Simone Salmon received her bachelor's degree in music with concentrations in music theory and harp performance from UCLA in 2011, and her master’s degree in musicology from the University of Oxford in 2014. Upon graduating from Oxford, she served as harpist and keyboardist for the 2014 Thelma Holt International Tour’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Japan and the United Kingdom. During her undergraduate years at UCLA, she served as principal harpist in the UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Symphony from 2007-11, and during her master’s degree, she served as principal harpist for the Oxford University Philharmonia from 2013-14. Simone diligently studied several kinds of harps and is designated as an expert on the chromatic harp by the Musickinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin, Germany. She is currently in the process of completing her PhD at UCLA in Ethnomusicology, but she continues to enjoy playing classical, Jazz, and Irish music on her harp.
 

Ge Aria Gao - Piano Soloist
Born in Beijing, pianist Ge Gao gave her first recital at the age of 12 and made her orchestral debut three years later with the Shenyang Philharmonic Orchestra. Later moving to New York, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music, earning her B.M. under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova and John Forconi. Currently, she is active as both a soloist and as a collaborative artist, performing extensively internationally and receiving recognition from prestigious institutions such as the Russian International Piano Competition and the America-China International Music Foundation. Her playing has been described as “passionate, honest–with terrific sound” by Hui Liu, director, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, and “full of imagination” by Thomas Schumacher, professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music. Adept at a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Gao will undoubtedly astound listeners with her virtuosic performance of pieces ranging from the Bach Goldberg Variations to concertos by Rachmaninoff.
 

Rosalind Wan Wong - Piano Soloist
Rosalind Wan Wong actively performs solo and chamber repertoire in the Los Angeles area. Since her orchestral debut with Bartok Piano Concerto no.3, she continues to feature at many quintessential performance halls of the West Coast, such as the Segerstrom Hall, Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust, Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA Bing Theater, Royce Hall (UCLA), Aspen Physics Center, and Schoenberg Hall (UCLA). Having studied with many of the great pianists of our time, Ms. Wong has also achieved considerable success in her academic and scholarly pursuits, receiving triple degrees in the bachelors of arts: music, English, and communication studies. In June of 2017, she will receive her doctorates from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the tutelage of Inna Faliks.