Widely recognized as one of the most talented violinists of his generation, GAO Can in 2007 became the youngest associate professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The Yu Art Foundation and Gao Can have formed a long-term friendship in the music career and the foundation has offered him the top-class violin from its collection to play in many of his performances. In 2015, Gao Can performed in front of 17 national leaders and thousands of political and business leaders at the closing ceremony at the Boao Forum for Asia. The violin he played on that occasion is the 1727 Stradivari violin ‘General Dupont’ lent by the Yu Art Foundation.
Gao Can started studying violin at 4 and in 2000 he came to Beijing to study at the affiliated school of the Central Conservatory of Music under music educator Lin Yaoji. In 2008, Gao Can went to the College-Conservatory of Music of University of Cincinnati as a visiting scholar and later taught there, becoming the only Chinese violinist of the last decade who teaches both in China and America. He has won numerous prizes and awards including the gold medal of China’s National Violin Competition in 2006, the second prize of the Naples “Alberto Curci” International Violin Competition in 2008 and the top violin prize of the Ima Hogg International Young Artist Competition in 2009.
Gao Can holds about 50 performances annually, collaborating with major orchestras and at prestigious venues and festivals on five continents gaining international acclaim. Besides international performances, he also dedicates his time to mentoring the next generation of violinists through teaching, lecturing and masterclasses at numerous top universities and conservatories in and outside China. In 2014, Gao Can was appointed the ambassador of the prestigious Verbier Festival, the only Chinese national to be appointed.