Wu Qian, piano

Wu Qian was born in Shanghai in 1984 and began her training at the Shanghai Conservatoire of Music. Hearing her perform at the age of eleven Professor Malcolm Troup secured a scholarship for her at the Menuhin School, where she studied with Irina Zaritskaya. Qian was awarded the 2005 Boise Foundation scholarship and is supported by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and Hattori Foundation.

While still only 15 Qian performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat Major (K449) in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and later at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. As the recipient of the Sydney Perry Award from the Martin Musical Foundation, Qian performed the Saint-Säens Piano Concerto No 2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra in St John’s, Smith Square, London in 2000.

In the same year Qian won the Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition, which led to her debut recital in the Purcell Room. In 2001, she was selected to play in the Park Lane Group series where her ambitious programme in the Purcell Room included Elliot Carter’s Night Fantasies, two Ligeti Etudes and the world premiere of Toccata by Malcolm Singer. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, this recital drew enthusiastic reviews from five national newspapers.

In 2002 Qian gave recitals in the Royal Festival Hall, in Hanover and Amsterdam, and in the Steinway Halls of Hamburg and New York where Japanese National Television recorded her performance for broadcast throughout Asia. The following year saw her debut recital at Wigmore Hall and a performance at the International Music Festival in Koblenz. Qian was invited to return to Koblenz, whilst her other engagements included Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor in St John’s, Smith Square, a recital in the South Bank Centre’s Fresh series for young artists, her debut in the City Hall, Hong Kong and in Spain.

Appearances for 2006 included a concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, a concert in the Purcell Room as a result of a further Martin Foundation Award and a third solo Wigmore Hall recital. In December the Independent Newspaper selected her as a rising star for 2007.

In early 2007 Qian was interviewed and performed on BBC TV 4 and BBC TV World.

Qian is currently studying on a full scholarship for a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton.

“Her Albeniz was richly coloured, her Rachmaninov majestic, and her Schumann encore had a dreamy lyricism. If I'd listened blind, I'd have said it was a male Western virtuoso.”
- Michael Church, The Independent, Dec 2006


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra