Yang Gao was born in Dalian, China. He started to study the piano at the age of four. Mr. Gao entered the Attached Middle School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music Dalian Campus in 2010 to study with Prof. Xiaoqiang Wang.
Mr. Gao is a prizewinner of several competitions including the first prize of Dalian Piano Competition, Steinway Junior Piano Competition in China northeast area, West Lake International Music Festival Piano Competition, CCM Undergraduate Scholarship Competition, and Nancy F. Walker Scholarship competition. He is also one of the 8 semifinalists in 2020 Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition, which has been rescheduled to the fall 2020.
He was a participant of Art of the Piano, Eastern Music Festival receiving full scholarship. He was also one of a few students selected as a festival fellow of the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Mr. Gao also performed in many recitals and received master classes instruction from internationally acclaimed artists such as Alexander Korsantia, William Grant Nabore, Kun Woo Paik and Boris Slutsky.
In 2017, he entered College-Conservatory of Music in University of Cincinnati to pursue the Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Prof. Awadagin Pratt.