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Historical Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians

Qi Liu and Shan Jiang

A  native of Shanghai, China, Qi Liu is a graduate of the Shanghai Music Conservatory and received her Master of Music (M.M.) from the Yale School of Music in 2001, where she was awarded the Charles Miller Scholarship and the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for an outstanding pianist at the School of Music.  Ms. Liu received her a doctoral degree in piano performance at SUNY Stony Brook, studying with Gilbert Kalish.

Ms. Liu has appeared in concerts in China, Brazil, Canada, Spain, and the United States, and her live performance was aired by the BBC.  She has performed in summer festivals at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California; Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine; Orford Music Festival in Canada; Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont and Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander in Spain.  After her performance in the Palm Beach International Invitational Piano Competition in 1998, the Palm Beach Daily News wrote: “This young woman knows how to communicate...  She plays with intense concentration, with confidence and a natural joy in the music-making.”  In 2003, she was a finalist and a prizewinner of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Award in New York City.

In the 2003-2004 season, Ms. Liu’s live performance at the Steinway Hall in New York City was aired at WFMT in Chicago, KWAX and AllClassical KBPS in Oregon.  She was also invited to perform at the Festival of the Arts in South Nyack, New York and the “Rising Star” Series at the Caramoor Music Festival.
Ms. Liu currently resides in Hamden, Connecticut, serving as a faculty member at the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven.

This is Ms. Liu’s second appearance on our Historical Piano Concerts Series.

Shan Jiang received his music education at Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 1985 to 1994. He received his Professional Study Diploma from University of Southern California in 1999 and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in 2003. He has studied with professors Glenn Dicterow, Donald Weilerstein, Ronald Copes, Abram Shtern, Alice Schoenfeld and Shi-Sheng Zheng. Mr. Jiang has won numerous awards, including first prizes of American String Teachers’ Association Solo Competition in 1999, the Peninsula International Violin Competition in 2000, Pasadena Instrumental Competition in 1997, University of Southern California Concerto Competition in 1998, Young Musicians Foundation Instrumental Competition in 1997 and China National Violin Competitions in both 1993 and 1989.

Mr. Jiang has performed as soloist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Marina Del-Ray Symphony, USC Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony under the directions of maestros Sergiu Commissiona (music director of Vancouver Symphony), Essa-Pekka Solonen (music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Carl St. Clair (music director of Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and Frank Fetta, Mehli Mehta and Alexander Treger.   His recordings have been broadcast through KKGO Radio in 1997 and KUSC Radio in 1999.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Jiang has worked with distinguished artists including Earl Carlyss,  Ronald Copes, Jerry Grossman, Raphael Hillyer, Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Peter Marsh, Samuel Rhodes, Joel Smirnoff and Lucy Stoltzman. Mr. Jiang is currently performing in  the New York Philharmonic since 2001. He has performed on tour internationally with New York Philharmonic, in Europe, Asia and North America.  Mr. Jiang has also served as the concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony, Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, USC Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony.

This is Mr. Jiang’s first appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts Series.