Pu-Qi Jiang, (pronounced Poo-Chi Jiang) is the recipient of the University of Memphis Faudree
Professorship Award and the Germantown Arts Alliance 2011 Distinguished Arts and Humanities
Medal for Performing Arts. He has enjoyed an active international conducting schedule
as well as all levels of orchestral and conducting teaching for the past twenty years.
Since 1990, he has conducted many professional orchestras in the United States, China,
Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Jordan, Macedonia, and the United Kingdom.
He has led university faculty and student ensembles on concert tours in Beijing, Nanjing,
Shanghai, Salzburg, Prague and Vienna. He conducted the University of Memphis Symphony
Orchestra in performance of Mahler’s Symphony #2 (mov. I, IV and V), which won the
second prize in the American Prize Orchestral Performance (college/university) Competition
Maestro Jiang began his career at an early age as both violinist and choirboy in Shanghai.
In 1956, he entered the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory
of Music where he majored in violin. He was selected for admission to the conducting
department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 18. His professional
career began in 1968 after his graduation from the conservatory.
After conducting many professional orchestras and ensembles in China for more than
eighteen years, Maestro Jiang came to the United States in 1986. Having been awarded
full scholarships by the University of Cincinnati and the United Board for Christian
Higher Education in Asia, he studied advanced conducting at the College-Conservatory
of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati with Maestro Gerhard Samuel. At CCM,
Jiang received his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Orchestral Conducting. Jiang was named
the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra in 1989. From 1991
to 1992, Professor Jiang worked as the Conducting Assistant to Maestro Jesús López-Cobos,
Erich Kunzel and Keith Lockhart at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his
University of Memphis appointment, he was the Music Director and Conductor at Penn
State and Ohio University, where he conducted three orchestras and taught advanced
orchestral conducting for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Jiang's M.M and D.M.A orchestral conducting programs have attracted talented young
conductors from Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Russia,
Taiwan, and the United States. Some of his students have won the Solti Foundation
U.S. Award, the fellowship for American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival
and School, and the honor citation for the Orchestral Conducting Competition in 2010
from the America Prize.
Dr. Jiang also has a passion for sharing his music experience with young music lovers
under age of 18. He is the founder of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre Youth
Symphony Orchestra. He led this young group to a very successful concert tour to China
in the summer of 2011.