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Tian Jiang Biography
 
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Tian Jiang is an internationally renowned pianist, recognized for his signature colors
in sound and over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity. His critically acclaimed North
American debut at Carnegie Hall was described by The New York Times as:
"Shining, crisp, energetic and colorfully illuminated".
 
Born in Shanghai during the early days of China's Cultural Revolution, Tian's
first memories resound not of Bach and Mozart, but of the boots of the Red Guard
as they stomped through his home in search of cultural contraband - books and music -
Tian had to learn his craft in secret. He begun at age 5. By the time he turned nine, the 
tide of the Cultural Revolution had receded and he was admitted to the Shanghai 
Conservatory to pursue his insatiable interest in classical music.
 
At the age of 16 he met Vladimir Ashkenazy, then touring China for the first time.
So impressed was the great Russian virtuoso that he invited Tian to appear in the
BBC film "Music after Mao - Ashkenazy in China," documenting his visit. A subsequent
meeting with the American violinist and goodwill ambassador Isaac Stern likewise
resulted in friendship, and an agreement with the Chinese government, to allow Tian
to study at the San Francisco Conservatory for one year. Returning to China in 1982,
he graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory with a bachelor's degree, won the first
prize in the National Piano Competition of China, and eventually achieved his goal of
returning to the United States. First prizes in the Joanna Hodges International Piano
Competition and the William Kappell International Piano Competition enabled him to
go to New York City where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music. A Van Cliburn
Scholarship Award then took him to The Juilliard School where he graduated with a
Master of Music.
 
His debut concert at Carnegie Hall in 1989 attracted so much critical attention that
word of a remarkable talent - with a remarkable story - soon leaked to the media,
prompting Tian's profile on CBS’ "Sunday Morning" with Charles Kuralt. He has since
been interviewed extensively on radio and television, including CBS’ “This Morning"
with Paula Zahn, "Backstage" on PBS, "Entertainment News" on CNN, "Show Biz" on
CNN, "All Things Considered" on NPR and with Robert Sherman and June LaBelle on
WQXR radio in New York.
 
Captivating audiences across the globe, he has been enthusiastically received in
concerto appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles
Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's,
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of
China. In recitals he has performed in more than 35 countries. He is proudly the first
Chinese pianist to have toured his homeland with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
on its historic visit to China in 2000, and the first Chinese pianist to have joined the
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as a soloist on a ten-city US tour in 2003.
 
As a recording artist, Tian has already thirteen CDs under his credit including two new
releases: “Tian Jiang Live at Carnegie Hall” and "Shanghai Night. His original composition
"Shanghai Dream" CD release distributed world-wide by CBS records,  caused a sensation 
and became a best-seller. His music described by World Music Reviews as a 
"...slice of heaven". 
 
On May 13th, 2012, Tian gave a very special concert "From Mao to Mozart to Stern" at
Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Stern’s visit
to China. The concert was live recorded for his album "Tian Jiang Live at Carnegie Hall - 2012".
A year later on May 28th, 2013, Tian gave an another stunning performance at a 
 sold out concert in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The concert was live recorded for his album 
 "Tian Jiang Live in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall - 2013". On June 21st, 2015, Tian returned 
  to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with renowned Russian cellist Borislav Strulev. Their  
 duo performance received rave reviews.
 
 Among the highlights of 2016 was Tian's successful tour through Russia in late March and  
April,including a first ever performance of the "Yellow River" piano concerto in Russia.
 In December, Tian completed an China National Concert Tour with internationally celebrated
violinist Alexander Markov. Their triumph performances let an immediate five years of concert 
engagements in China till 2021. For 2017, Tian is very much looking forward to return to his 
annual South Africa tour where he writes music for his beloved animals. 
 
Tian has recorded several albums of his original compositions, including "Shanghai Dream,"
"Dancing Waves," "Peacock Dance," and "Folk Vision."
 



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