Internationally-recognized pianist is artist-in-resident at Scottsdale Philharmonic

At age 34, Qingqing Ye is already an internationally-acclaimed pianist who is an artist-in-resident with the Scottsdale Philharmonic.

Ye was born in Chongqing, a mega-industrial city of more than 20 million people. He began his piano training at only five years old at the urging of his father, according to a press release.

Qingqing Ye (Submitted Photo)

At age nine, he had progressed rapidly and began studying with Professor Hanguo Yan in Chendu. He and his father traveled 500 miles each week so he could attend lessons.

“This was the most unforgettable experience of my musical development,” Ye said in a prepared statement.

By age 13, Ye the Music School affiliated with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music accepted him. In 2004, he was accepted into Bowling Green University with a full scholarship.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, completed his Master’s in Piano Performance at Northwestern University and did his doctoral studies at Arizona State University under Walter Cosand.

He serves as an adjunct professor of piano at South Mountain Community College in addition to being an artist-in-residence with the Scottsdale Philharmonic and performing at the nonprofit’s free community concerts.

“We are proud to have Qingqing perform with us,” Joy Partridge, president and co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, said in a prepared statement. “We support his work to obtain a permanent work visa on the basis of his talent. He then wants to become a U.S. citizen as soon as he can and plans to marry in the future.

“With each performance Qingqing receives an enthusiastic standing ovation, w

Qingqing Ye (Submitted Photo)

hich always calls for an encore. The orchestra received over 900 letters from the audience, requesting that he be allowed to become a permanent member of the group.”

Ye has many music credentials to his name. He has performed at the “Morningside Music Bridge” International Music Festival in Canada, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and a live broadcast with the Lima Symphony where he performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1.

Ye’s career also includes a number of piano concerto awards, including the National Scholarship by the YAMAHA Music Foundation of China, first prize in the Lima Young Artists Competition in Ohio, first prize in the concerto competition at the Masterworks International Music Festival in Indiana and the “Audience Favorite” award at Bowling Green State University.

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