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Chinese violinist Yue Qian enjoys music-making, strives to express herself through the violin, and believes that music truly brings people together.
As a member of the Beijing Contemporary Soloists, a recent CD “Jade” was released under NAXOS China featuring music by prominent contemporary Chinese composers. Qian has performed worldwide with festival appearances at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Beijing Modern Festival. She is a silver medalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a candidate in the Sendai, Tibor Varga, and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.
Qian is also keen on teaching and community engagements. Together with Midori Goto, she has interacted with local communities in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. A former chamber music faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-College division, she is currently an instructor of the music minor/non-major program at USC Thornton of School of Music.
Qian began to play the violin at the age of five, and her early music education includes Shanghai Conservatory Middle School with Binyou Zhou and Interlochen Arts Academy with Yuri Namkung. Under the tutelage of Midori Goto, Qian finished her undergraduate study at USC Thornton School of Music as a Starling Fellow, and she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Ronald Copes and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at USC with Bing Wang.