Yao Guang Zhai

Clarinet

Yao Guang Zhai is principal clarinet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.Mr. Zhai has won top prizes at the Hellam and Blount-Slawson young artist competitions and the Aspen Music Festival and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competitions; and is winner f the Spotlight Award. He has performed as a soloist with the Toronto, Pacific, and Shanghai symphony orchestras and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, among others. He has attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, and the CCOM International Clarinet Festival in Beijing; Music from Angel Fire; the Aspen Music Festival and School; and the Laguna Beach and Toronto Summer music festivala.A native of Taiyuan, China, Mr. Zhai began his musical studies at age three on the violin and began clarinet lessons at age ten. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Curtis Institute of Music.