Renée Qin is a young harpist currently in high school residing in West Vancouver. Classically trained with Piano since the age of four, and learned Chinese traditional harp - Konghou by the age of nine, and later learned Flute and Harp. Renée is the principal harpist in Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and Lions Gate Youth Orchestra, she is taking harp lessons with UBC professor and retired VSO principal harpist, Elizabeth Volpé Bligh.
As one of the highlighting concert with Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Renée has performed Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz along with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. She also performed with UBC symphony Orchastra at the Chan Center. In addition, Renée has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Renée is a first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in 2018, and received a scholarship from West Coast Harp Society the same year. Following a concerto competition organized by the Canadian International Music Society, Renée was featured as a soloist at ALNMO concert. During the summer, she attended the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest Harp Colony, worked extensively with Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman, and performed a recital in the Field Recital Hall at Curtis in Philadelphia. Renée also attended orchestral and chamber education at the VSO Institute under the guidance of Maestro Otto Tausk.
Convinced that Music is not only to be on stage, music should positively change people's lives, she volunteers as school head for Music Outreach Society since 2016. She is an active volunteer and leads her youth-run non-profit organization "the music connect project" to promote music in the communities. During 2018, she held Harp workshops and solo recitals multiple times in different libraries in North Vancouver District, lectured and performed harp music, and received enthusiastic participation and applause from the local audiences.
Other than Music, Renée is active in sports including Volleyball and Tennis, she also enjoys photography and film making, she is currently president of sentinel photography club, her recent published work includes an introduction video for West Vancouver Youth Band in which she volunteers as a flutist since 2015. In addition, she is a student representative of "School Planning Council", where she attends bi-weekly meetings with faculty and school principal to jointly plan and improve the school environment and culture. Renée also serves as a member of the Youth Advisory Council of West Vancouver. During the "BC Youth Week" in 2018 and 2019, she received Youth Appreciation Award presented by Mayor of West Vancouver.