Kristin Qian Oregon Live

Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010



“Scientists have much to say about the brain, but they would surely stand mute before Kristin Qian.

When Kristin was a week old, her mother heard her humming through her baby monitor. That was Li Dai’s first inkling that she and her husband had an unusual child.”

“More inklings followed. At 1 1/2, Kristin learned to read; at 2, she had her first solo painting exhibition, at Portland French School. At 3, possessing perfect pitch, she could sing any theme she heard. At 4, she performed in her first violin concert; at 5, she won a national piano competition. The same year, she had her first composition published in a national magazine.

At 7, she corresponded with President George W. Bush, who now owns one of her paintings. She won her first local piano competition at 8; at 10, she became the youngest finalist at the Tureck International Piano Competition in New York City. Also at 10, her book of poems and illustrations, “The Silly Monkey World,” was published. Available on, it reflects Kristin’s journeys in creative writing, foreign languages, science, literature, music and visual art.”

“Today, as a freshman at 13 — she skipped first grade — Kristin gets straight A’s in honors physics, honors algebra, humanities and upper-level French.”

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Fairweather House and Garden shows a new emerging artist for the entire month of August.  “Kristin Qian is a fine example of what educator Howard Gardener calls multiple intelligences.  Child prodigies- young people who master a demanding skill at an adult level- yet rarely few emerge as an omnibus prodigy winning at everything she tries: the arts(violin, piano, composition), math, science and the humanities (languages, painting and poetry).” (The Oregonian)

KOIN TV news reported about Kristin Qian as a painting prodigy when she started her career at age 2 with a solo exhibition featuring watercolor and gouache work, at age 4, she had a solo exhibition at Marylhurst University, at 7 her work was collected by former President George W. Bush.  Recently, her work received awards from the International Academy of Astronautics International Young Arts Competition.
She is also an accomplished musician.  Kristin has won a two time National Music Teachers Association and the Oregon Yamaha Junior Strings first place winner, as well as the Vancouver Orchestra Symphony, and was a guest soloist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Young Strings Ensemble.  Kristin was selected as the concertmaster for the American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Kristin is a rising sophomore at Oregon Episcopal School.  She has a high intellectual capability: she is a poet and a published author, she speaks, reads and writes in a number of foreign languages.  She is creatively interested in mathematics and science.  She has competed and won at Rubik’s Cube contests, and at age 10, Kristin recited pi to 500 digits, placing her in the top 70 on the wold pi reciting list.
Howard Gardner, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education says about Kristin”  “we call such individuals ‘omnibus prodigies’ to distinguish them from individuals who are outstanding in one or two areas”. (The Oregonian).
Kristin will be unveiling original art works and be a featured violinist Saturday, August 6th between 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Fairweather House and Garden, located in the historic Gilbert District at 612 Broadway, Seaside.
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