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, and 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 at the Aldeburgh Festival under Maestro Oliver Knudsen. Other recent engagements include her debut at the Kneisel Hall Music Festival, Changjiang International Music Festival, and workshops with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the Messiaen Catalogue d'Oiseaux workshop. Next season includes a six-city concert tour in China with Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Natasha Brofsky, a concerto performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Bucknell University Orchestra, and a 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, Susan Narucki, Lucy Chapman, Natasha Brofsky, Violaine Melançon, 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. Portions of her doctoral thesis, exploring Debussy's influence on modern piano repertoire, have been published in China's leading journal Piano Artistry, and she was recently featured at the Aldeburgh Festival in workshops with Jörg Widmann, and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble where she is invited back next summer to premiere six young British composers’ works in celebration of Colin Matthews’s 70th birthday.
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 clincian 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 coachings 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. This summer, she joined the piano faculty at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. In August, she began her tenure-track as the Assistant Professor of Piano at Bucknell University.
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.