Kadar Qian, 12, of Westford, won the 2009 Metrowest Symphony concerto competition and performed the 1st Movement of the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with the MSO in March.
Last year he was the youngest performer ever to win the Quincy Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. He received a $1,000 Scholarship and was the featured soloist at the QSO annual Young Artist Performs concert last April, performing the complete Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, which he also performed with the Salem Philharmonic in January, 2010. He took first prize in his age division in the 2009 Steinway Society of Massachusetts piano competition. He also won 2nd Prize in the 2009 Nashoba Youth Orchestra concerto competition.
Kadar has studied piano since age 4 with Ronald Kmiec and has given more than 40 performances in Boston, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Littleton, Salem, Quincy, and Westford, MA, and New York City. His first solo recital was in February, 2008. He appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May of 2008, being selected in competitive auditions from over 600 musicians nationwide, and has performed at Jordan Hall, Boston. He currently takes a Piano Seminar Course and Chamber Music classes at NEC, has performed in contemporary and chamber music festival concerts there, and pursues independent study in music analysis and conducting with Yoichi Udagawa.
Kadar is a high honor roll student at Stony Brook School in Westford. He runs cross country and track, is a member of the math team, winning first place at the Academic Math League competition last year, and is also a member of the speech and debate team. Kadar also plays the violin and is the concert master in his school orchestra.