The founder of a local music school will soon offer lessons in Mandarin Chinese.

Kenneth Kuo, who in 2000 founded the Connecticut School of Music, will begin offering lessons in the official language of mainland China and Taiwan in early 2012, according to a release from the school with locations in Westport and Greenwich.

"Mandarin is a front-running language in the global economy and business leaders are now rushing to learn this language," said Kuo, a native of Tapei, Taiwan, whose native tongue is Mandarin.

Kuo is also founder of the Connecticut Musical Artists Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers financial and musical aid to students, and president and CEO of Rental Instruments LLC, also in Westport and Greenwich.

Kuo, a graduate of Yale University, has taught music at Yale, Taiwan National Teachers College, Thames Valley Music School in Connecticut College, Ithaca Violincello Institute, University Antonio in Colombia and the New England Music Camp. The resident of Westport and New York City is also director of Classical Music Service, a chamber music management agency.

Contact Kuo at 203-226-0805 or 917-322-9658 or kuo@ctschoolofmusic.com for information.