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.
A dynamic chamber musician, 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 collaborated with many leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, Joel Krosnick, Gil Kalish, Susan Narucki, Lucy Chapman, Joel Smirnoff, Natasha Brofsky, Curtis Macomber, William Sharp, and Bonnie Hampton, as well as members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Kronos, Parker, Piatti string quartets, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, and the Capitol Ensemble of Los Angeles. Festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Britten-Pears, Yellow Barn, Ravinia Steans Institute, MasterWorks, the Newburyport Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. Jiang also performed with her duo partner, violinist Ying Xue, in Christian Tetzlaff’s Carnegie Hall Workshop, and spent four summers in the studio of Anne Schein and Yoheved Kaplinksy at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a winner of the concerto competition.
Since working with the New Juilliard and NEC contemporary ensembles as a student, Ms. Jiang has continued to be a strong advocate for contemporary music. She has performed works of Elliot Carter, Jonathan Harvey, Leon Kirchner, Hans Abrahamsen, George Perle, Sean Shepherd, and David Rakowski, and she has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, Stephen Coxe, and Daniel Temkin. 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. She was recently featured at the Aldeburgh Festival in workshops with Jörg Widmann, and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble where she premiered six young British composers’ works in celebration of Colin Matthews’s 70th birthday. In the spring of 2019, Jiang will give a world premiere of the piano version of “Postlude: M. Croche” by Colin Matthew.
Outside the concert hall, Ms. Jiang has engaged the communities of Philadelphia and Boston with dozens of outreach concerts at assisted-living homes, libraries, and museums. She has also been a guest artist, lecturer, and clinician at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Committed to educating the next generation, Ms. Jiang has previously taught at Yellow Barn's Young Artist Program, and led masterclasses and coaching for students at Michigan State Universtiy, Lee Univeristy, Indiana Univeristy-Purdue University, Nanjing Normal University, and the Silicon Valley, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festival. She has also served on the Musical Studies Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Coordinator of the Secondary Piano Program at New England Conservatory, and the Piano and Chamber Music Faculty at NEC Preparatory School. In the summer of 2016, she joined the piano faculty at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
A native of Zhenjiang, China, Ms. Jiang began studying piano at age three with her mother, later with Shuxing Zhen, the former chair of the piano department at Shanghai Conservatory. 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), and she was also a finalist for the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. She is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Bucknell University.