St. Olaf College
Artist's BiographyDr. Jun Qian began his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music in Clarinet at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN fall 2007. He is the founder of two student groups on campus as well: Virtuosi Chamber Winds and Youth Clarinet Ensemble. Qian has been on the clarinet faculty at Nazareth College, Houghton College, and New York State University at Fredonia. He has also taught music theory at Eastman, chamber music at Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, and performed as the principal clarinetist of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he won both first prize for the Orchestral Excerpts Competition and third prize in the Solo Competition at the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, second prize in the Texas Young Artist Competition, and first prize in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra 1998 Concerto Competition.
Qian has appeared as concerto soloist with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Xiamen Philharmonic, Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Shangyang Opera Orchestra. He has introduced many western clarinet concertos for the first time in full orchestral version to Chinese audiences including Copland Concerto (2003), Arnold Concerto (2008) and La Traviata Fantasy (2008).
In 2001, he made his Carnegie Hall debut performing Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 with the Asian American International Orchestra. International appearances as principal clarinetist also include the Eastman Wind Ensemble's tours of Asia in 2000 and 2004, the North Carolina Festival Orchestra's European tour, the Kent-Blossom Music Festival, National Orchestra Institute, and the American Wind Symphony. In October 2004, he was the featured soloist at the International Performing Arts Festival in Japan, and he has appeared on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" with the Grammy-award winning Ying Quartet.
Since 2006, His activities as a teacher and performer also included a clarinet recital in Paris, France, conducting the Nazareth/Houghton Clarinet Choir as part of the International Clarinet Choir Festival, many concerto appearances and giving master classes throughout China and Malaysia. His CD, Premier Rhapsodie and educational DVD, Playing the Clarinet were released on the Nanjing Shine Horn label in China. In the spring of 2007, Qian was the music producer and soloist for Steven Laitz's Book, The Complete Musician published by the Oxford University Press.
In 2009, Dr. Qian performed a chamber and solo recital in Shanghai, China with the first prize winner of Queen Elizabeth Competition, Japanese violinist, Yayoi Toda. In June, he was invited to Taiwan for a week to conduct master classes for clarinet performance and chamber music at Tainan National University of Arts (國立台南藝術大學), Kaohsiung Educational University (國立高雄師範大學), and the Music Specialized Class at National Chin-Suei High School (國立清水高中 (台中縣). He was also invited to Singapore in October, to work with music students from the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and Singapore American School, as well as performed a solo recital.
In March 2010, Qian will perform Weber's Concerto No 1 with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra in Colorado under the direction of Jacob Chi.
Qian holds a B.M. from Baylor University where he was a student of Richard Shanley; and the M.M. and D.M.A. from Eastman School of Music where he studied with Kenneth Grant and Stanley Hasty. He was recently invited as an endorsing artist for Selmer (Paris) Clarinet.