Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. While a student at the
Shanghai Conservatoire, he was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to
Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Mr Stern's encouragement and support paved the way for him
to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special
programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
During the 2012/13 season, Jian Wang’s concerto performances include the Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France with Chung, Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Ashkenazy,
BBC Symphony Orchestra with Dausgaard and the MDR Leipzig with Kristjan Jarvi. Other
concerto performances include Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Japan, covering a broad range of
repertoire from Haydn to Tan Dun.
Last season, Jian Wang’s concerto and chamber music engagements included performances
in Los Angeles, Brussels, Taipei and Singapore. Amongst his many high profile concerts in
China, he has played for the President and opened the season for the China Philharmonic,
Shanghai Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras. He has also played with the China
National Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony and performed the complete Bach Cello Suites at
the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing.
Jian Wang’s first professional engagement was in 1986, at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Since
then he has embarked on an international career, early highlights including concerts with the
Mahler Youth Orchestra/Claudio Abbado and with the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly (in Amsterdam and on tour in China). He has also performed
with many of the world’s other leading orchestras including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit
Cleveland and Chicago Symphony; London Symphony, Hallé, Zurich Tonhalle, Stockholm
Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris and NHK Symphony. Jian also enjoys
collaborating with smaller orchestras, including Camerata Salzburg and the Mahler, Swedish
and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. These concerts have been with many of the greatest
conductors, such as Dudamel, Dutoit, Langrée, Gilbert, Krivine, Sawallisch, Neeme Jarvi,
Eschenbach, Wigglesworth and Harding.
Jian Wang has also performed at many festivals throughout the world, as both soloist and
chamber musician. These have included Verbier in Switzerland, Miyazaki in Japan, Aldeburgh
in the UK and Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart in the USA. In 2008 Jian made his debut at
the BBC Proms performing three of Bach’s solo Cello Suites.
He has an extensive discography with DGG, Reverie (arrangements for cello and guitar) and
the Bach Cello Suites being his most recent releases. Jian Wang has also recorded a Baroque
Album with the Camerata Salzburg, the Brahms Double Concerto with the Berliner
Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham; the Haydn Concerti with the Gulbenkian
Orchestra under Muhai Tang; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (with Chung, Shaham
and Meyer) and Brahms, Mozart and Schumann chamber music with Pires and Dumay. His
most recent release is of the Elgar Concerto, recorded live with Sydney Symphony and
Ashkenazy (Decca/ABC Classics). His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of
the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.
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