Rich Qian

Rich Qian


Co-Principal Second Violin Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Rich Qian, 14 years old, is an 8th grader at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He began violin lesson at the age of 5. This is Rich’s 3rd season with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

As multiple local competitions’ winner, Rich had the opportunities to solo with Alton Symphony, Bellville Philharmonic Society, and University City Symphony since he was 9 years old. Outside of St Louis region, in 2016, Rich won 2nd place at the Midwest Rising Star Competition for high school string player, was named the 1st place winner of his age group at the Global Online Great Composer Masters of Violin Concerto Competition and received Honorable Mention at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition in Chicago.

He is a member of the Webster University Prep Program and he performs regularly for the seniors at the Barclay House and as a volunteer violinist in the Urban Youth Orchestra of the Orchestrating Diversity program. He enjoys sharing his silky violin sound with the audiences.

In addition to his music, he loves history, reading, and building robots.

He is extremely grateful to Mr. Joe Kaminsky, Mrs. Almita Vamos, Mrs.Vera Parkin and the G.A. Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Foundation for their support.