MEET QING JIANG
Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” pianist Qing Jiang enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, contemporary music. She has appeared in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Isabella Gardner Museum, as well as in the UK's Snape Maltings Hall, and China's Central Conservatory in Beijing. In 2015-16, Ms. Jiang received glowing reviews for her concerto performance with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England under Maestro Oliver Knudsen. Upcoming engagements include a six-city concert tour in China with Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Natasha Brofsky, concerto performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Bucknell University Orchestra, and solo recital at the LACMA "Sundays Live" series in Los Angeles.
A dynamic chamber musician, Ms. Jiang has collaborated with many leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, Gil Kalish, Natasha Brofsky, and Susan Narucki, as well as members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, Parker, and Piatti string quartets. Festival appearances include Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Kneisel Hall, Britten-Pears, MasterWorks, and the Perlman Music Program. She also performed with her duo partner, violinist Ying Xue, in Christian Tetzlaff’s Carnegie Hall Workshop, and spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a winner of the concerto competition.
Equally experienced with contemporary music, Ms. Jiang has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Jörg Widmann, Colin Matthews, Stephen Coxe, and Daniel Temkin. Portions of her doctoral thesis, exploring Debussy's influence on modern piano repertoire, have been published in China's leading journal Piano Artistry. Committed to educating the next generation, Ms. Jiang is currently Assistant Professor Piano at Bucknell University. She previously taught at Yellow Barn's Young Artist Program, and led masterclasses and coachings for students at Michigan State University, Lee University, and Nanjing Normal University. She has also served on the Piano and Chamber Music Faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the Musical Studies Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. In the summer of 2016, she joined the piano faculty at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Jiang was born in Zhenjiang, China, began studying piano at age three with her mother, and later with Shuxing Zhen. After winning several competitions in her native country, she gave her American debut at age 17, as a Chinese delegate of the Tempe Sister-Cities Program. Backstage after her recital, she was offered a full-scholarship to study at Arizona State University with Caio Pagano, where she eventually graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Jiang subsequently completed her Master's at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and her Doctorate at New England Conservatory with the late Patricia Zander and Wha-kyung Byun. Ms. Jiang was a recipient of the 2005 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholarship (one of ten national winners in the arts, and the first Chinese recipient of the award).
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