Qin Chuan

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Qin Chuan (Chinese: 秦川), also known as Chuan Qin, is a Chinese pianist and a professor at School of Arts, Shandong University. Born in Nanjing, Qin started learning the piano at the age of five, and attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 1988 to 1994. After that he went to the United States to pursue his music studies at the Juilliard School of Music where he obtained his Bachelor and Master's degrees, as well as a Doctorate of Music Arts.[1]

Despite his young age, Qin Chuan is widely regarded for his performance of Olivier Messiaen's music. Having heard Qin perform Réveil des oiseaux with Myung-Whun Chung from memory, the composer's widow, Yvonne Loriod, personally selected him as the winner of the Messiaen Prize in Paris. Qin's repertoire ranges from the early Baroque to the avant-garde.


Qin Chuan is the winner of several international piano competitions, with the most important ones being:

  1. Maria Canals International Music Competition, juniors, Barcelona, Spain (1991) - first prize[2]
  2. 2nd China International Piano Competition, Beijing, China (1999) - first prize
  3. Grand Prix of the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, France, where he was also awarded the Special Prize for the best performance of Catalogue d'oiseaux (2003)[3]


  1. ^ "Spotlight on youth". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  2. ^ "Winners". www.mariacanals.org. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  3. ^ "Concours Olivier Messiaen". www.civp.com. Retrieved 2017-08-15.