Violinist Qianwen Shen has joined The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the 2019 Season. As an orchestra musician, Ms. Shen has been seen in performances with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Montclair Orchestra. Ms. Shen has served concertmaster, Principal Second, and other leadership positions for the New World Symphony, New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Mannes School of Music, and Tanglewood Music Center. She has appeared in ensemble and solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall of Singapore, Hong Kong Art Center Concert Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing China, Shanghai Music Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Shen has been invited to YellowBarn Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, and Perlman Music Program in 2015. She has performed with the musicians from Cleveland Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Julliard Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Peabody Trio.
Born in Bengbu, China, She began playing the violin at age of four. Her principal teachers have included Lei Fang, Donald Weilerstein, and David Chan. Ms. Shen received her bachelor of music degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, master of music degree and graduate diploma from New England Conservatory, professional study diploma from Mannes School of Music.