Danwen Jiang

TEMPE Campus


Called by The Boston Globe, “an intelligent, agile and breathtaking violinist”, Danwen Jiang has concertized as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland, and across the United States. She has appeared in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., La Salle Gaveau in Paris, Cultural Centre Concert Hall in Hong Kong, and Beijing Concert Hall in China.  Her recordings are available on China Record Corporation, Eroica label, and Soundset Recordings. The American Record Guide called her “an exceptional violinist”, while the Fanfare Magazine described her performance as “absolutely exquisite”.

As a chamber musician, Professor Jiang has collaborated in concerts with members of the renowned Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Emerson, and Shanghai String Quartets, The Boston Players, American Chamber Players, and other distinguished musicians such as André-Michel Schub, Lilian Kallir, Igor Kipnis, Ani Kavafian, Eric Rosenblith, Stanley Drucker, and Regina Carter. She has appeared at Manchester Music Festival, Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Yale Chamber Music Series, Rutgers SummerFest, Taconic Music, Montecito International Music Festival in the United States, Festival du Quercy Blanc and Festival Dan le Gard in France, Harpa International Music Festival in Iceland, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy and Germany, Victoria International Music Festival in Canada, among others. As an orchestral performer, she was Concertmaster for the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey from 1995-2001.

A highly regarded string pedagogue, Danwen Jiang is Professor of Violin in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University in the United States, where she was a recipient of the Professor of the Year Special Recognition Award, President’s Tenure/ Promotion Faculty Exemplar Award, and Distinguished Teacher Award. She was featured as soloist and masterclass clinician by the American String Teachers Association in national conferences. She served as a visiting faculty at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. As guest professor, she has taught at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, Sydney Conservatorium of Music at The University of Sydney in Australia, Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada, and Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland. She is a member of the faculty at the Red Rocks Virtual Music Institute in Arizona, and the Euro Arts Academy based in Germany and South Korea.

Danwen Jiang studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt, Oscar Shumsky, Taras Gabora, and Weijian Zhao. Other influential musicians include Jaime Laredo, Michael Tree, Zara Nelsova, Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein, György Pauk, and Seymour Lipkin.

For more information about Professor Danwen Jiang, please visit http://www.danwenjiang.com.


Biography (中文版) :

美籍华人小提琴家,蒋丹文教授常以独奏家/室内乐家身份在北美,欧洲和亚洲循环演出。她曾在世界著名的纽约卡内基音乐厅,华盛顿肯尼迪中心,巴黎拉赛尔加维奥音乐厅,北京音乐厅,香港文化中心音乐厅等与不同优秀的交响乐团合作协奏曲的演出,并应邀在许多著名的国际音乐节,如:美国Manchester Music Festival, Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Yale Chamber Music Series, Rutgers SummerFest, Taconic Music, Montecito International Music Festival,法国Festival du Quercy Blanc 和 Festival Dan le Gard, 意大利InterHarmony International Music Festival, 德国Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, 加拿大Victoria International Music Festival, 冰岛Harpa International Music Festival, 等。

作为一名杰出的室内乐演奏家,她曾与世界著名的Guarneri,Emerson,Tokyo,Juilliard四重奏组及纽约林肯中心室内乐协会的成员们,波士顿演奏家团(The Boston Players),美国室内乐演奏家团 (American Chamber Players), 大提琴家Nathaniel Rosen, 钢琴家 Andre-Michel Schub,单簧管家Stanley Druker, 古钢琴家 Igor Kipnis, 和爵士乐小提琴家Regina Carter等演奏家同台合作。作为乐队演奏家,她曾在1995年至2001年期间兼任新泽西Riverside Symphonia室内乐团的首席。

现任美国亚利桑那州大学教授,蒋丹文曾获优秀教授奖(选从于全大学约3000多名教授),  终身教授模范奖,和杰出教学奖。由于她的优秀教学成绩和教学方式,她常被世界各地著名音乐院多次邀请大师班讲座授课,如:澳大利亚悉尼音乐学院(Sydney Conservatorium of Music), 德国斯图特卡尔表演艺术学院(State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart), 加拿大温哥华音乐学院(Vancouver Academy of Music),冰岛艺术学院(Iceland Academy of the Arts),波兰克拉科夫音乐学院(Academy of Music in Kraków),母校中央音乐学院,以及美国各大州立大学和音乐学院。她曾在美国欧柏林音乐学院 (Oberlin Conservatory of Music) 和伊利诺伊州立大学 (University of Illinoi at Urbana - Champaign) 兼任教授职位,并被美国国家弦乐教师协会全国交流会议聘请为协奏曲演奏家和美国大学级的小提琴大师班的讲演教授。自2020年,她同时在美国Red Rocks Music Institute 和住德国/ 韩国的Euro Arts Academy兼任教授职位。

蒋丹文教授的音乐学习经历包括六岁随父蒋雄达学琴,十岁考入中央音乐附小从师赵惟俭老师,1984年在成都举行的全国青少年小提琴比赛中获奖。1987年赴美国艺术深造,从师于著名小提琴家Arnold Steinhardt, Oscar Shumsky, 和 Taras Gabora。其他重要的音乐导师包括 Jaime Laredo,Michal Tree, Felix Galimir, Zara Nelsova, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein,György Pauk, and Seymour Lipkin.



Research Interests

Violin solo, chamber music and orchestral performance.



My Teaching Philosophy 

     When students come to study with me, I always ask them what their purposes and goals are for going into music and becoming violinists. Some say they would like to perform in professional orchestras after they graduate; some wish to become successful soloists or chamber musicians; and others show interest or passion for becoming educators in higher education or primary or secondary public or private school music teachers. To help my students achieve their goals, I develop them technically, musically, intellectually, emotionally and artistically.

     When I teach, each student receives the full focus of my energy and my attention. I firmly believe in building a solid technical foundation for each of my students, which enables the student to have secure technical control over the instrument and allow him to have the freedom to focus on the music and its interpretation. I set a repertoire requirement for each student based on his degree requirement and performance level, and require several hours of practice daily. Part of my teaching strategy is to also teach students how to evaluate and solve problems on their own, so they can be more productive during their individual practice sessions. In addition to teaching my students different styles and periods of music that reflects in the violin repertoire, I highly encourage their personal growth and creativity. I truly believe that this will greatly benefit the students in becoming creative, artistic and successful as they mature.

     I devote much of my time and energy to create as many performing opportunities as possible for my students, including performance classes, on and off campus performances, participation in local, national or international competitions and summer music festivals, as well as guest artists master classes. These important and valuable opportunities enable young artists to gain technical control and confidence as they master their instrument, and experience the musical freedom to further develop their artistic individuality, and allow them to be exposed to varied musical approaches and artistic interpretations of a variety of different artists, which greatly broaden young artists artistic visions as they develop. At the same time, these are wonderful opportunities for these talented young musicians to be heard and recognized on national and international concert stages as they represent a very high musical performance level and the artistic excellence of our university.

     In addition to teaching individual violin lessons, I enjoy teaching chamber music and orchestral performance. Through these coaching sessions, I teach young performers chamber repertoire and related performances skills, as well as about collaboration, tolerance, democracy, and humanity: collaboration to enable the students to learn to work as a team, tolerance because each member of an ensemble must negotiate over the musical preferences of others, democracy to facilitate discussion and learning from others, and humanity so that they develop a mutual respect for their colleagues. As part of my teaching philosophy, I think that chamber music performance is one of the most important courses that all performing music students should take in order to become truly successful musical artists.

     I strongly believe that classical music is one of the most important elements in our culture, a keystone in the development of modern civilization. It is not only a universal mechanism that allows people to communicate with each other but also enables them to share similar emotions, which are often difficult to verbalize. It contributes to aesthetic appreciation and social life. In important ways, it represents the time, fashion and life style of the centuries in which people have lived, yet it continues to serve as a key nutritional supplement for ongoing cultural development. My ultimate goal is to fully prepare my students to become successful contributors, whether as performers, teachers, or entrepreneurs in the arts.


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