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Montclair State University
Yi-Wen Jiang, violin
Born in Beijing, Yi-Wen Jiang has appeared as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony and
the Montreal Symphony. He has also performed for NBC and PBS television specials,
National Public Radio, CPB in Beijing, WQXR in New York, and KFUO in St. Louis.
Beginning his violin studies with his father at age six, he made his concerto debut with
the Central Opera House Orchestra in Beijing when he was 17. In 1981, after winning a
top prize at the First China Youth Violin Competition, he was accepted into the class of
Professor Han Li at the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1985 he came to the United
States on a full scholarship to the St. Louis Conservatory, where his teachers included
Taras Gabora, Jaime Laredo, and Michael Tree. He also spent two summers in Dallas
participating in master classes with Pinchas Zukerman. In 1990, with the support of the
Ken Boxley Foundation, he went to Rutgers University to work with Arnold Steinhardt of
the Guarneri Quartet.
A prizewinner at the Mae M. Whitaker and Montreal competitions,
Mr. Jiang has appeared at many international music festivals, collaborating with such
prominent artists as Alexander Schneider, Michael Tree, Jaime Laredo, and Lynn Harrell.
He has recorded for the Record Corporation of China.