PQ Solfege and Ear Training Faculty
BM, New England Conservatory of Music
MM, New England Conservatory of Music
DMA, Michigan State University
Ran Bi is currently pursuing a double Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano at Michigan State University from 2017. She has been accepted as a graduate assistant in both areas with a full scholarship by MSU after she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music.
As a pianist with international educational background, Ran Bi has been invited to perform around the world in Asia, North America, and Europe. She is the first prize winner of Canada St. Andrews International Piano Competition and the competition at the New York International Music Festival in 2014. She also won the third prize of the 7th “Youngchang” Cup National Piano Competition in Tianjin, China, 2010.
She began playing piano at the age of 4, and she won multiple competitions in her Childhood. She studied in the middle school of Shenyang Conservatory of Music from 2005- 2011 with Quming Zhang. For pursing a higher level of piano education, she chose to continue her piano study at New England Conservatory of Music with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein and Randall Hodgkinson for both bachelor's and master’s degree. Moreover, she was selected by Professor Lyle Davidson as the teaching assistant in the music theory department from 2013, after she finished all solfege classes in straight A. As the TA of solfege (sight-singing) class, her duty included tutoring students who have trouble on sight-singing skill, preparing lessons and materials for the class, conducting and leading the students during the in-class exercises, and so on.
Ran Bi is also an experienced collaborative pianist in both instrumental and vocal areas. She was invited by the committee of the Cleveland International Music Festival as the guest collaborative pianist in 2016. She has been collaborative dozens of performances as the assistant in MSU, and she also completed another master’s degree in piano collaborative during her DMA study.
She was working as a committee member, assistant, and translator in many music festivals such as Ameri-China International Music Festival, and she cooperated with multiple world-class musicians such as Mr. Gary Graffman. Also, she was instructed and highly commended as “a natural musician”, by many master pianists such as Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pi-Hsien Chen, Meng-Chieh Liu, Alexander Korsantia, and so on.