A native of China, Xiao-Qiang Pan studied cello with Wei-Cai Zhang, principal cellist of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and Guo-Yao Hu, a cello professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
In the late 1980s Pan received a full scholarship from United States International University (San Diego) to study chamber music and orchestral performance with the famous conductor Mr. Zoltan Rozsnyai. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree, he was awarded another full scholarship from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied cello performance with Dr. James Fitz and orchestra conducting with Dr. David Mackenzie. He holds a Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees, majoring in Cello Performance, from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Pan is active as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, performing in China, South Korea, Mexico, and the United States. He was a member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (Colorado) and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (Wyoming).
Dr. Pan has taught at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut), Guangxi University of Arts (China), and St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (San Juan Capistrano). Presently he teaches in his private studio in Irvine and is a member of the American String Teachers Association.