MEET QING JIANG
Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” Qing Jiang has emerged as a versatile musician who is equally known as a performer, teacher, and an advocate of contemporary music. As a performer, she has appeared in Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Jordan Hall, as well as the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall, and China’s Shenzhen Poly Theater. Jiang performed under legendary conductor and composer Oliver Knussen with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, as well as with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, and with numerous festival and collegiate orchestras. She also recently performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the Yellow River Piano Concerto with the Bucknell University Orchestra. Highlights of the upcoming season include performances with the Jasper String Quartet and Arx Duo, an Artist Residency at Yellow Barn with Violinist Ying Xue, concerts with Cellists Michael Kannen and Gwen Krosnick, and a solo concert tour of the Debussy Companion Etude Project which Jiang has curated.
Passionate about chamber music, Jiang recently completed a six-city concert tour in China with Roger Tapping, Natasha Brofsky, and Laurie Smukler, and debuted at Music Mountain with the Shanghai Quartet. She has previously performed with many leading musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, Joel Krosnick, and Gil Kalish, as well as with members of the Peabody Trio, and the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, and Parker string quartets. Since 2014, Jiang has maintained a close relationship with England’s Britten-Pears Program, giving numerous solo and chamber performances of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Her other festival appearances include Ravinia, Aspen, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Newburyport Music Festival, Changjiang International Festival, MasterWorks, and the Perlman Music Program.
Equally experienced with contemporary music, Jiang has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Jörg Widmann, Colin Matthews, and Daniel Temkin to prepare performances of their works. In the spring of 2018, Jiang premiered the first commission of the Debussy Companion Etude Project by Chinese composer Zhou Tian, a project originated in her doctoral thesis, which explores Debussy's influence on modern piano repertoire. Portions of her thesis have been published in China's leading journal Piano Artistry.
Born in Zhenjiang, China, Jiang began studying piano at age three with her mother. As the first Chinese recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Arts Scholarship, she holds degrees from Arizona State University, Juilliard, and New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Caio Pagano, Robert McDonald, Wha Kyung Byun, Shuxing Zheng, and the late Patricia Zander. Jiang is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University, and Piano Faculty at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Maine. She previously taught piano, chamber music, and theory at New England Conservatory, the NEC Preparatory School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program.
Qing Jiang’s debut with Britten-Pears Orchestra under Maestro Oliver Knussen:
“This concert opened with a rare and exhilarating airing of Tabuh-Tabuhan…Katherine Dowling and Qing Jiang played the solo parts with rhythmic verve.” read more...
– John Allison, The Telegraph
"The solo piano parts were played by Katherine Dowling and Qing Jiang, whose pungent motifs, repetitions and rhythmic explosions were lucid and full of bite. ” read more...
– Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International
Qing Jiang’s debut with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera under Maestro Kayoko Dan:
“Tackling this monumental work (Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Paganini) was the diminutive guest soloist, Qing Jiang. From the first notes, it was obvious from her dazzling technique and velvety touch why she already has amassed a long list of honors.” read more...
– Mel Wilhoit, Chattanooga News
Piano Trio from Juilliard in Alice Tully Hall:
“Pianist Qing Jiang…has exceptional talent for a woman of her age…” read more...
– Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun
Qing Jiang returns to Chattanooga Symphony with Mozart D Minor Concerto:
“Her performance was no less impressive. It was characterized by crystalline clarity, a deft touch, and highly expressive playing…The middle and final movements demonstrated Qing Jiang to be a performer of the first order as the musical demands ranged from delicate to athletic.. This was Mozart at its best. ” read more...
– Mel Wilhoit, Chattanooga News
QING JIANG FEATURED IN BRAHMS HORN TRIO AT YELLOW BARN FESTIVAL:
“Violinist Olga Caceanova, violist Roger Tapping, and pianist Qing Jiang made genial declamation of Brahms’s Op. 40 Trio, every line, no matter how vehement, rounded off with aplomb.” read more...
– Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
QING JIANG AND ANGELO XIANG YU @ FOUNDATION FOR CHINESE PERFORMING ARTS:
“Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu and pianist Qing Jiang presented high artistry Saturday evening in Jordan Hall…Jiang had real opportunity to shine and polish her mettle, again setting a tone, but now with whispery, tension-laden, rhythmically precise octaves…There were power, energy, and flawless ensemble.” read more...
– Jim McDonald, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
DUO ING @ CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF CARNEGIE HALL PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP:
“surging climaxes were passionately rendered by these two fiery musicians, whose vigorous playing elicited sustained applause between movements.” read more...
– Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
Qing Jiang brings Mozart D Minor Concerto to Adrian Symphony Orchestra
"Certainly A high point of the concert was the sparkling rendition of the Mozart concerto that came from Jiang. For one thing, Mozart just fits her like a glove. For another thing, she played this work...with absolute fearlessness and an impeccable, supple style." read more…
-Arlene Bachanov, The Daily Telegraph
QING JIANG APPEARS WITH THE CHAMELEON Arts ENSEMBLE OF Boston:
“the Chameleons played the American composer(Kirchner)’s Duo II, a tremendously demanding piece for violin and piano, bravely undertaken by Kurkowicz and pianist Qing Jiang. The duo offered virtuosity in every measure, with the work’s unusual juxtaposition of pitches, and almost random insertions of pizzicato and ponticello mid-phrase.” read more...
– Keith Powers, Boston Classical Reviews
“Jiang’s piano echoed and supported the mood of the violin, but as an independent voice.” read more...
– Leon Golub, The Boston Musical Intelligencer