Tao Chunxiao was born in Chongqing, China, in 1937, and is regarded as one of the most influential clarinet players in China.
She is a professor at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China) and has served in various roles in the past, including: Director of Orchestral Instruments Department at Central Conservatory of Music, President of Chinese Clarinet Association, Member of the Committee on Arts Education at Ministry of Education of China, and Director of the Education and Technology Department at Ministry of Culture of China.
In addition, Madam Tao has been invited to many significant international clarinet festivals and competitions (e.g. the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions) as a member of the adjudication panel. Many of her former students have played pivotal roles in helping clarinet art gain its prominence in modern China, such as Yuan Yuan who founder of International Clarinet Festival in the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and Jin Guangri, who is the general secretary of the China Clarinet Association and China’s Clarinet Festival, etc.