Vocal Coach and Soprano
Ms. Xu Qian received her voice training in both China and Canada with a number of reputed professors including Liu Ruo-e and Bian Jinzu of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Garry Gable of University of Saskatchewan. In 2001 Qian graduated with Great Distinction in voice performance from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Qian has had many opportunities holding concerts or participating in performances as a soloist in Canada, China and USA. Qian is a recipient of a number of SaskMusic grants in 2005-2007. She received the Creativity Award for Performing Arts by the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 2005 in Canada. Her CD “Melodies without Borders” was selected as a centerpiece at the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards in Canada, and was also nominated for the Classical Music Category for the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2007. Since moving to Minnesota, Qian has been active in the cultural activities in the Twin Cities. In January 2008, she was invited to collaborate with world-class Chinese musicians in America for the Chinese New Year Concert in Chicago. She was also awarded the Cultural Community Partnership grant for 2009 by the Minnesota Arts Board.