Tao Ge serves as faculty member at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University and second trumpet in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, his inspiring musicianship, technical mastery, and unique presence have touched audiences in performances throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia.
Born in Tianjin, China, Mr. Ge studied at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music and earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He was invited to perform in the Kennedy Center Honors Concert and with the Canadian Brass in 2007. As the first prize winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, Mr. Ge invited to perform the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in 2004. He has also received other top awards, including the first prize in professional division of the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2007, Peabody Dean's Grant, and Peabody Career Develop Grant.
He has worked under the guidance of world-renowned conductors, such as David Zinman, David Robinson, John Williams, James Conlon, Marin Alsop, and Sergiu Comissiona. He has performed with Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, Columbus Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, and Macon Symphony. Mr. Ge has also performed in many prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center in New York, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Harris Concert Hall and Benedict Music Tent of Aspen, Colorado, the Suntory Hall in Japan, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, The Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing.
Mr. Ge has participated in world leading music festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestral, National Orchestra Institute, Breckenridge Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and International Festival-Institute at Round Top. His notable teachers include Mark Gould, Michael Sachs, Charles Geyer, Joe Burgstaller, Paul Merkelo, Wayne Cameron, Edward Hoffman, and Langston Fitzgerald.