Danwen Jiang, violin
A Chinese National Violin Competition prizewinner, Danwen Jiang began studying the violin with her father at the age of six. At age nine, she was chosen to perform in a recital for the former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese government at the Great Hall in Beijing. A year later, she was selected as a child protégé by the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she continued her music study. Since her arrival in the United States in 1987, Ms. Jiang won the First Prize in the Mid-America Violin Competition, the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Scholarship Competition and the St. Louis International Artist Presentation Society Competition.
Called by The Boston Globe, "an intelligent, agile and breathtaking violinist", Ms. Jiang has performed as a recitalist and concerto soloist with numerous symphony and chamber orchestras in Asia, Europe and the North America, and has appeared in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Cultural Centre Concert Hall in Hong Kong. Many of her performances also have been heard through classical radio networks such as NPR, WQXR, KFOU, WILL, KING, KBAQ, and CNR (China National Radio). She has recorded for the China Record Corporation as well as the Manchester Music Festival labels.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Jiang has collaborated in concert with the Soloists of The Pacific Rim, The Boston Players, American Chamber Players, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Emerson and Shanghai String Quartets. She has appeared at the Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Yale Chamber Music Series, Rutgers SummerFest and the Manchester Music Festival in the United States, the Festival du Quercy Blanc and Festival Dan le Gard in France, Gioventù Musicale in Italy, Victoria International Music Festival in Canada, among others.
In addition to being an avid performer, Danwen Jiang is a devoted and accomplished teacher. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2003, Ms. Jiang taught at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has given guest recitals and master classes at other music schools such as the Universities of Maryland, Michigan, Utah, Wisconsin and Florida State University. As an international visiting artist / teacher, she has taught at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany and the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada. Her students were winners of numerous national and international violin and chamber music competitions in the United States, Canada, China and Romania, as well as the concerto competitions at Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois and Arizona State University. Her former students also include the current Concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, First Violinist in the Julstrom and Vinca String Quartets, and Assistant Professor of Violin at Western Illinois University.
Ms. Jiang is a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award and President's Tenured Faculty Exemplar Award at Arizona State University. She was invited and featured twice as soloist and violin master class artist by the American String Teachers Association at ASTA National Conferences (2005 and 2008).
Danwen Jiang studied at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University. Her former violin teachers include Weijian Zhao, Taras Gabora, Oscar Shumsky and Arnold Steinhardt. Additionally, she studied chamber music with Jaime Laredo, Felix Galimir, Michael Tree, Seymour Lipkin, and Zara Nelsova.
Ms. Jiang plays on a 1727 Antonio Stradivarius violin (the "Ex-Ries").