Ms. Wen Qian was hailed by China Daily as “one of China’s most promising young violinists” and in a 2004 Strad magazine review titled “Rare Thrill” featuring Wen Qian after her Carnegie Hall recital, music critic Dennis Rooney commented “ it was performed with enough insight and panache to thrill a listener while at the same time raising the question of why such result are so rarely achieved. "
As a first violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1997 and having served numerous years as the acting Assistant Concertmaster since 2001, Ms. Qian has also enjoyed an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout China, America and Europe.
The orchestras she has performed with as soloist include the Central Philharmonic of China, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, the Met Orchestra Ensemble and the Mannes Orchestra. She served as the concertmaster at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, her solos in “Scheherezade” had brought her to critical acclaim. The review wrote: “whose tenderness was as much musically correct as it was sensual; as much technically perfect as it was expressive, Wen Qian, the young concertmistress demonstrated a true sensibility and self-confidence.” Over the years she has been invited to be a guest concertmaster with the Philharmonia of the Nation, Germany, Jupiter Symphony of New York, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony.
As a chamber musician, she has performed in music festivals and concert series including the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Sarasota, and the Met Chamber Music series at Carnegie Hall as well as the Young Concert Artist Series presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with numerous world renowned musicians including Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchita, Leslie Parnas, Nobuko Imai, and the members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri Quartet and Juilliard Quartet.
In addition to her busy schedule as a performer, she is also enjoying an active teaching career. She has given a series of popular lectures on “Orchestral Auditions” and Master Classes at the Mannes College of Music, where she has served as a faculty member since 2000 and she has recently join the Violin Faculty. The demands for Ms. Qian's teaching has included Master Classes and coaching at the New World Symphony in Miami, New York Youth Symphony, NYU, the Central Conservatory of Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory and several other conservatories within China, Taiwan and United States.
Ms. Qian studied with Felix Galimir at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as well as her Professional Studies Diploma, she was awarded the highest honor of the Excellence in Performance Award upon graduation. Ms. Qian had served as the vice president of the William Lincer Foundation, and been on the panel of the New York State Council of the Arts, and had also been a member of the Mannes College advisory board.
Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, Professional Studies Diploma, Mannes School of Music
The Metropolitan Opera
Excellence in Performance Award, Mannes School of Music
Performance Class: Violin