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Qu Jian Qing

Part-Time Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Diploma, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, China

Biography

Qu was born in Shanghai, China. She began learning Yangqin at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Mr Wang You De, and was accepted by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra at the age of 13 based on her extraordinary musical talent.

Over the years, Qu has also received tutelage under various Yangqin masters like Professor Xiang Zu Hua, renowned Yangqin performer Pang Bo-er and Mr Zhang Xiao Feng. She has also received many awards, such as the Shanghai City “Literary Arts New Talent” Title in 1980, Shanghai City “Striker of the New Long March” Title (and Outstanding Youth) in 1981, China National Ethnic Music Emulation Performance Prize in 1982, and the 14th “Spring of Shanghai” Outstanding Performance Prize in 1991.

Qu has performed internationally in countries such as the USA, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Belarus, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan. She is an active participant in many World Yangqin Festivals. She has represented Singapore in performing recitals at the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th International Yangqin Conventions. In 2006, she was invited to Poland to present The Phoenix with the distinguished Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra.

Qu is also the premier performer of many influential Yangqin music, including The Phoenix (Xu Chang Jun), Yellow River (arrangement by Qu Chun Quan) and Rhapsody on Dinühua (Phoon Yew Tien). She has also recorded four personal albums.

Having moved to Singapore in 1994, she has devoted much attention to music education. She currently teaches at the National University of Singapore, National Institute of Education and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Her students have won first prize in the Singapore National Chinese Orchestra Soloist Competition at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Presently, Qu is also the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s principal Yangqin musician, Committee Member of the Singapore Chinese Instrumental Music Association, Committee Member of the Cimbalom (Yangqin) World Association, Honorary Committee Member of the Yangqin Professional Committee of the China Ethnic Music Society, and a member of the China Musicians’ Association (Shanghai Branch).