Based in New York City, Qianru Elaine is a violinist currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Sheryl Staples and Todd Phillips, where she also serves as a theory teaching assistant of Dr. Reiko Füting. In 2022, she got invited to participate in IMS Prussia Cove in England, Chamber Music Workshop of the Perlman Music Program, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
She is humble and honored to have studied and performed with the musicians that she has always admired, such as Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Andras Keller, Gianandrea Noseda and so on. As an avid musician, she serves as the Associate Concertmaster of Symphony in C in Philadelphia, and is a member of the United Nations Chamber Music Society, and a tenured member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
She has appeared in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Tanglewood Music Festival, Juilliard ChamberFest, Focus! Festival and Music Academy of the West. Elaine was honored to study chamber music with Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood, where she also performed Wagner’s Die Walküre under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons. In addition to her passion on orchestral playing, she served as Concertmaster of Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orhcestra, and the Festival Orchestra at Music Academy of the West under the baton of Nicholas McGegan.
Elaine holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as recipient of the Irene Land Scholarship and the Dr. & Kassie Biros Neuman Scholarship, under the tutelage of Catherine Cho and Lewis Kaplan.