Both The International Clarinet Association's magazine The Clarinet and the American Record Guide praise Dr. Qian's newest album released with Albany Records.
"West Meets East is Qian's reversal of this theme [of East Meets West I & II], bringing together American and European colleagues to reflect and explore Chinese influences from a Western perspective." - The Clarinet (September 2018).
"The music ranges from the rhythmically invigorating Funk Shui to the bizarre yet catchy Monkey King and from the abstract and ethereal Azure Dragon of the East to the beautiful and affecting Free Translations. Qian leads with a clear and responsive tone, a wide dynamic range, solid technique, and good expressive instincts." - American Record Guide
Critical Acclaim for Qian's Newest Release
Dr. Qian's newest album was recently released by Albany Records to critical acclaim. The International Clarinet Association's The Clarinet hails Qian's "beautifully executed performances" on East Meets West II and calls attention to his "very fine technique," and "always first rate" tonal capabilites.
Performance of "Books with Blank Pages"
"A concerto for two of my students who passed away. Really miss them. Thank you for posting it, Naxos. You can also find this live recording on Naxos website." -Jun Qian
Earlier this year, Dr. Qian performed "Books with Blank Pages", a new piece written by Samuel Hazo, commissioned and accompanied by the Robinson High School Symphonic Band, and conducted by Dr. Eric Wilson at the TMEA Conference in memory of Jack Stewart and Laura Onwudinanti, two exceptional clarinetists from the Baylor studio.
The recording is available on YouTube and Naxos.
Jun Qian Releases New Album- East Meets West II
"Fascinating and highly unusual but well worth your time."
A follow up to East Meets West, this second volume is a collection of new music for clarinet by Chinese composers who have lived, studied, and worked overseas. The compositions combine Chinese cultural elements with Western art music to create a unique intersection of cultures through the use of tone colors produced by the combination of clarinet with Chinese instruments, sound effects created with the use of both Chinese and Western musical forms and harmonic language, and a blend of classical and contemporary musical idioms.
Read a full review here.
This album is available for download on iTunes and CD purchase.
Performance with the Pueblo Symphony
"I will dedicate this concert to the victims from Paris yesterday. May Lord bring peace and comfort to our friends and family there!" -Jun Qian
Jun Qian and Phillip Rose will perform Max Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with the Pueblo Symphony.
View a preview here.
Performance at Chongqing International Clarinet Festival
"I had a great time performing at the clarinet concerto night in China with some very cool players around world. So blessed. It is time to focus on teaching again with some of the greatest students here at Baylor."
Faculty Appointment to Round Top Festival Institute
Dr. Qian will be on faculty at the Round Top Festival Institute for the summer of 2016! The festival offers six weeks of intensive training for exceptional young artists. Acceptance is highly competitive with full scholarships for all students.
Visit festivalhill.org for more information.
Performance and Masterclass at The University of Michigan
"Had a great time at The University of Michigan. Played a recital and worked with amazing students of professor Chad Burrow and Daniel Gilbert. Also would like to thank my dear piano colleague, professor Kae-Ayer for her wonderful support and partnership."
Performance and Masterclass at Michigan State University
"Had so much fun, did a masterclass and clarinet recital with the clarinet studio at Michigan State University today. Thank you, Professor Guy Yehuda and Professor Tasha Warren-Yehuda for your invitation."
Performance and Masterclass at Eastman School of Music
"Had a great master class with the students from Eastman and now looking forward to the concert at Eastman Theater on Monday. I will be performing "Freebirds" by my dear colleague Scott McAllister with my dear professor, the one and only Kenneth Grant and the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by my dear conducting professor, Mark Scatterday on the opening concert of their 2014-15 season! So lucky for a clarinetist! Also, love to dedicate this concert to one of my teachers, Mr. Stanley Hasty. Miss you so much, Mr. Hasty!"