Tian was born in Harbin, the city of music. With the unique musical atmosphere and the influence of his hometown and family, Tian began learning violin at the age of three with his father and had his first public performance at the age of four. At the age of seven, he entered the Harbin Children’s Palace High School Symphony Orchestra and was considered as the exceptional youngest first violin player there.
In 2008 Tian came to Beijing to study with the famous violin teacher Lin Yaoji, continuing at the affiliate primary school of Central Conservatory of Music; there, he received the highest scholarship from Central Conservatory of Music and Hong Kong Brothers Fund.
In 2011, Tian gave a solo concert in the Harbin concert hall, performing 11 solo compositions and the virtuosic Vieuxtemps’s Fourth Violin Concerto. A critic’s review raved, “ … the pride of the city of music, this warm night, due to Tian Yuan’s wonderful string playing made city more romantic, more charming.”
The highlight of 2012 was the successful performance of the famous violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers” at the Harbin Summer Music Concert.
Winner of the Outstanding Performance Award at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2014, Tian took part in the Central Conservatory of Music scholarship competition and won third prize (2015), and the following year, won a second prize in the Hong Kong Art Festival violin competition.
In July 2017, Tian was selected to the NYO-China Youth Symphony Orchestra concert in the US Carnegie Hall and a world tour with conductor Ludovic Morlot and pianist Yuja Wang.
Tian participated in the Karvendel Music Festival in the Mittenwald, Germany, in masterclasses with prof. Viktor Tretyakov, and in SUMMIT Music Festival in New York, performing in festivals’ concerts. As a winner of the First Prize of the Young Talent World Festival of Performing and Visual Art 2019, he had a chance to debut with a solo performance at Carnegie Hall.
Selected again by NYO-China again, he performed in Shanghai Oriental Art Center, followed by European tour in Konzerthaus Berlin that broadcast to millions via ARTE, United Kingdom’s Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Italy’s Fondazione Teatro Comunale as part of the 2019 Bolzano Festival. On this tour, he also played in piano trio at the Chinese Embassy in the UK. Tian received his BM degree this May, and will continue his violin studies toward MM in the class of Prof. Eduard Schmieder as recipient of a full scholarship at TEMPLE University in Philadelphia. This is his second season with iPalpiti.