Dr. Jun Qian
Assistant Professor of Clarinet
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-6530
Fax: (254) 710-3574
Chinese-born American clarinetist Jun Qian joined the music faculty at Baylor University in 2012, when he was also appointed principal clarinetist of the Waco Symphony. From 2007 until 2012, Dr. Qian served as clarinet professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and prior to that, he taught at Nazareth College, Houghton College, and New York State University at Fredonia. Other experience includes teaching music theory at the Eastman School of Music and chamber music at Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), where he also performed as principal clarinetist of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Qian won first prize in the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition and third prize in its Young Artist Solo Competition in 1997– the first artist in the history of the ICA to receive prizes in both competitions in the same year. He was also the second prizewinner in the Texas Young Artists’ Competition, and first prizewinner in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra 1998 Concerto Competition. His CD Première Rhapsodie (1999) and DVD Playing the Clarinet (1998) were released under the Nanjing Shine Horn label in China.
In the spring of 2007, Qian served as music producer and soloist for Steven Laitz’s book The Complete Musician (second edition), published by Oxford University Press (USA). An endorsing artist for both Selmer of Paris and D' Addario of New York, Qian has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and the Shangyang Opera Orchestra. He has introduced Chinese audiences to a number of Western clarinet solos in full orchestral versions, among these Donato Lovreglio’s La Traviata Fantasy and concertos by Aaron Copland and Malcolm Arnold. In 2001, Qian made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1. National and international appearances as principal and guest principal clarinetist also include the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s tours of Asia in 2000 and 2004, Central Wisconsin Symphony, the North Carolina Festival Orchestra’s European tour, the Kent-Blossom Music Festival (student guest principal with the Cleveland Orchestra), the National Orchestra Institute (USA), the American Wind Symphony, and the Binghamton Philharmonic.
In 2004, Qian was the featured soloist at the International Performing Arts Festival in Japan, and appeared on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” with the Grammy-award winning Ying Quartet. Since 2006, Qian’s activities as a teacher and performer have included a clarinet recital in Paris, France; conducting the Nazareth/Houghton Clarinet Choir as part of the International Clarinet Choir Festival in Rochester, New York; and numerous concerto appearances and master classes throughout China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, and the USA. In 2009, he performed a chamber and solo recital in Shanghai, China, with Japanese violinist Yayoi Toda, first prizewinner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition. Dr. Qian was also invited by the Singapore Ministry of Education, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, and Singapore American School to give a solo recital and several master classes. In 2011, he performed solo recitals in Shanghai, Taipei National Concert Hall, the ICA Clarinetfest conference in Los Angeles, and at the College Music Society International Conference in South Korea.
In 2013, he was invited by Selmer (Paris) Company to perform a solo recital and give a master class among international students in Paris, France. In the summer of 2014, he was a featured solo artist for the International Clarinet Association Conference at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA . Dr. Qian also lead the Baylor clarinet choir to perform a concert at the conference.
In addition to performing the standard clarinet repertoire, Dr. Qian also collects, performs, records and commissions new music for clarinet by Chinese composers. This music– written by well know composers (Chen Yi and Zhou Long for example) born in China or raised in Chinese families– explores the confluence of Chinese cultural elements and Western art music. Collectively, they present an impressive list of international accolades and accomplishments. The release of his first CD in the USA, East Meets West–Clarinet Music by Chinese Composers (Albany Records, 2012) represents the culmination of this work. Qian also performed this music in a solo recital at the ICA Clarinetfest 2013 conference in Assisi, Italy. Currently, he is working on his second East Meets West- More Clarinet Music by Chinese Composers (Albany Records, 2014). It would be a world premiere recording which would feature music written for clarinet and electronic music, and pieces with Chinese traditional instruments such as Zheng and Sheng.
Qian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, where he was a student of Richard Shanley, and a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Kenneth Grant and as the last private student of Stanley Hasty. Qian is the founding director of Baylor Clarinet Choir and Chamber Music Festival, Virtuosi Chamber Winds, a group specializing in large wind chamber music, and the Amadeus Youth Clarinet Ensemble, a training ensemble for high school students in the USA.