Pei-An Chao has been a full time member of the CSO since 2000. She was appointed Assistant/Associate Principal Cello for 2009-2010 season and was featured as one of the soloists in 2011. Since 2008, she has led the cello section as principal on several occasions. Prior to joining the CSO, Ms. Chao spent two years with the New World Symphony, a training orchestra in Miami, Florida designed to help young musicians pursue orchestral careers. She has a bachelor's degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City and a master's degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was the concerto competition winner and graduated with distinction. Her major teachers were Marion Feldman and Bonnie Hampton. Ms. Chao spent her childhood in Taipei, Taiwan and later in New York City. She began playing the piano at age 4 and the cello at age 9. Equally talented on both throughout her musical training, she gained a broadened perspective of musical understanding beyond the limitations of each instrument. Ms. Chao has appeared in prestigious festivals such as Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom, Sarasota, Pacific, Spoleto and Colorado. In addition to her CSO commitments, Ms. Chao is an active chamber musician and a dedicated teacher. She performs regularly in chamber music concerts around central Ohio and coaches the Columbus Symphony youth orchestras. She has also coached the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio and was a mentor for the New Albany Symphony. Aside from keeping a busy private teaching studio, she held teaching positions at Otterbein College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio University.