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).