Tian Gao

Tian Gao

Summer Student

Contact Information


tel: 416.646.3891




University of Minnesota, BM in Piano Performance (High Distinction)

Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, MM in Piano Performance & Pedagogy

University of Toronto, JD Candidate (expected 2023)


English, Mandarin, French

Tian is currently completing her J.D. at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During the summer of 2021, she worked as a Casebook Research Assistant for the Faculty, conducting research in various areas of law including contracts, torts, property, and labour & employment law.

While at law school, Tian has volunteered for Artists’ Legal Advice Services and the International Human Rights Program. She was also an Associate Editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, a Student Representative for the Future of Law Lab, and an Executive Member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society.

Prior to law school, Tian was a classical pianist. In addition to giving performances of classical and new music, she also taught piano lessons and judged piano competitions and examinations.

  • Peabody Conservatory Arabella Leith Symington Griswold Scholarship (2018-2020)
  • University of Minnesota Gold Global Excellence Scholarship (2014-2018)
  • University of Minnesota Robert J. Schlafle Scholarship (2014-2018)
  • University of Minnesota Ude Memorial Fund (2016-2018)
  • University of Minnesota Sorenson Fund (2014-2016)

  • Artists’ Legal Advice Services, Student Volunteer and Student Outreach Coordinator (2020-2022)
  • International Human Rights Program, Volunteer Researcher (2020-2021)