The intelligent and agile violinist

The Boston Globe


A winner of China’s National Violin Competition in 1984, violinist Danwen Jiang has concertized extensively as a concerto soloist and recitalist throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has performed at world renowned concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., La Salle Gaveau in Paris, Beijing Concert Hall, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. She has appeared at international music festivals such as Festival du Quercy Blanc and Festival Dan le Gard in France, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy, Harpa International Music Academy in Iceland, Victoria International Music Festival in Canada, Rutgers SummerFest, Kneisel Hall Music Festival, Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Yale Chamber Music Series, as well as the Manchester Music Festival where she has been an anchor faculty artist since 1993. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed with distinguished musicians including members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Emerson, Shanghai String Quartets, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Chamber Players, Soloists of the Pacific Rim, and violinist Menahem Breuer, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, pianists Andre-Michel Schub and Lilian Kallir, clarinetist Stanley Druker, harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, Jazz violinist Regina Carter, among others. Her latest CDs released by Soundset Recordings include works by Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Brahms and Enescu. The American Record Guide called her "an exceptional violinist", while the Fanfare Magazine described her performance as "Absolutely exquisite. Jiang tosses off bits of bravura as though they were as natural as breathing. In the final movement her playing has a limpid quality punctuated by fast trills and runs that are as smooth as glass." Her performances can also be heard on public radio networks in the United States, Canada and China as well as on Eroica Classical Recordings and China Record Corporation.

A recipient of the Professor of the Year Special Recognition Award (2012), President’s Tenured faculty Exemplar Award (2008) and the Distinguished Teaching Award (2005) at Arizona State University, Jiang’s international reputation as an exceptional performer and teacher yields her frequent invitations to perform and present guest master classes at distinguished music institutions around the world, including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Iceland Academy of the Arts and College of Music in Reykjavík, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada, Sydney Conservatorium at University of Sydney in Australia, and major universities across the United States. She has been featured as concerto soloist and collegiate level master class clinician for violin at American String Teachers Association National Conferences. Prior to joining the ASU School of Music faculty, Jiang taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her students have been winners of state, regional, national, and international violin and chamber music competitions; many of her former students have embarked on high powered positions such as concertmasters and principal leaders in professional symphony orchestras, members of prize-winning chamber groups, and tenured university professors in the United States, China, and Europe.

Danwen Jiang studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt, Oscar Shumsky, Taras Gabora, and Weijian Zhao. Additional violin and chamber music studies with Joseph Gingold, Felix Galimir, Alexander Schneider, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, Michael Tree, and Zara Nelsova.

Ms. Jiang performs on a 1727 Antonio Stradivarius violin (the "ex-Ries").