As the winner of numerous young artist competitions, 15-year-old Kadar Qian has performed with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and the Rivers Symphony Orchestra. Qian claimed the first prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, receiving additional special prizes for the Best Bach Performance and Best Chopin Performance. He was also the first prize winner of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts piano competition.
Kadar studies piano with A. Ramon Rivera at The Rivers School Conservatory and also studies musical analysis and conducting with Yoichi Udagawa. His former piano teacher was Ronald Kmiec.
He appeared as soloist with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony, Melrose Symphony and the Salem Philharmonic. Qian has given more than 100 performances in MA, ME, CT, RI, New York City and Shanghai, including performances at Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, and Sanders Theatre. Kadar performed on the NPR radio show, From the Top in 2010, and he also appeared on WHDH TV
in 2011 as well as WGBH radio in 2012. He made his conducting debut in 2012 at age 14.
Kadar is a high honor roll student at Westford Academy. Qian has won top prizes in the Academic Math League Competition. He has also been elected as the president of his freshmen class. In addition to playing piano, Kadar enjoys writing applications for iPhone in his spare time.