Qin Fan was born in Shanghai, China, where her love for music blossomed from a young age when she first touched the piano keys at age of four. Her journey began with public performances at the age of seven, and she quickly established herself as a rising talent by clinching top honors in national piano competitions in China. These awards included the Hao Shi Jia Cup (2000), the Shanghai Grand Theatre Award (2000), and the Spring of Shanghai Competition (1999).
By the time she turned ten, Qin earned admission to the prestigious Music Elementary and Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her extraordinary musical prowess allowed her to excel, consistently outperforming her peers and exceeding class levels beyond her years.
In 2007, Qin made her first visit to the United States, receiving an Honorable Mention at the Louisiana International Piano Competition. Her pursuit of musical excellence brought her to Chicago area in 2009, where she secured a partial scholarship for piano performance studies at the Jacobs School of Music, University of Indiana, Bloomington. She subsequently completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music under the tutelage of Evelyne Brancart and Karen Shaw, maintaining an impressive 3.9 GPA. She was also recognized as a Founder's Scholar at Indiana University.
Qin's remarkable talent extended beyond the classroom. She graced the Chicago music scene with her exceptional performances, including a special appearance with The Moving Dock Theatre Company in Chicago in January 2011, a noon concert on 98.7 WMFT classical music radio in September 2012, earning praise for her sensitive musicality and refined technique. During her time at Indiana University, she presented numerous solo and collaborative recitals, collaborating with cellists, violinists, singers, and other instrumentalists.
After graduating from Indiana University, Qin focused on expanding her career, both as a performer and a teacher, in the Chicago area and overseas in Asia. In October 2019, she proudly represented YAMAHA USA in a commercial shoot for YAMAHA pianos.
In addition to her music career, Qin made her presence known in modeling and pageant competitions. She was crowned 2018 Miss Friendship Ambassador in Chicago and collaborated with Planet Earth Agency (now Trigger Castings Chicago) for various commercials, including those for Dell and the WSU Book Store.