Yang Jiao is a graduate of the Conducting Department at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied conducting with Professor Xin Xu and Maestro Yi Zhang and was assistant conductor to Maestro Yongyan Hu. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Yale School of Music, where he studies with Maestro Shinik Hahm. He is also served as assistant conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and New Music New Haven ensemble as well as the principal guest conductor of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra.
In 2006, Mr. Jiao won Third Prize at the Shenzhen National Conducting Competition in China. Since that time, he has been invited to conduct at the Beijing Modern Music Festival annually. In 2007, Mr. Jiao took part in the London Symphony Orchestra's Asia Tour, where he attended a master class with Maestro Daniel Harding and conducted the famous orchestra.
Since 2007, Mr. Jiao has been the resident guest conductor of the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra and the resident conductor of the Beijing Institute of Technology University Symphony Orchestra. He has also been the conductor of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra of Beijing No. 22 Middle School Symphony Orchestra and EOS Orchestra Academy; he led performances of both orchestras in 2009 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Mr. Jiao has also received warm praise by local audiences and critics for the performances of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra during their 2010 France Tour.
Additionally, Mr. Jiao has conducted many other ensembles in his home of China and abroad, including: China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, China Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra, China Central Opera Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Chinese Orchestra, China Central Chinese Orchestra,
Chorus of Shanghai Opera, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Chamber Orchestera and most recently, The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.
Though studying and working as a conductor, Mr. Jiao has never abandoned playing piano to this day. In August 2004, he won Second Prize in the First National Piano Competition for the German Beethoven Festival. The piano trio, established for only one year at the time, recently produced its first recording. Mr. Jiao later performed Arnold Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon together with the Shanghai String Quintet and professor Michael Friedmann from Yale University.