Jian Wang

Photo © Gunter Glüklich / DG Deutsche Grammophon
Bio courtesy of Jian Wang

While a student at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, cellist Jian Wang was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Stern’s encouragement and support paved the way for Mr. Wang to travel to the United States, and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special program in which he studied with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.

Mr. Wang’s first professional engagement was at Carnegie Hall in 1986. Since then he has embarked on an international career. Early highlights include concerts with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with Claudio Abbado, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly. He has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, and Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Neeme Järvi, Louis Langrée, Ludovic Morlot, Mark Wigglesworth, and Nikolaj Znaider. Recent and future highlights include concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, and Orchestre de chambre de Paris.

In China he has played for the President and opened the season for the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai and Macau Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the China National Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Wang’s extensive discography with Deutsche Grammophon includes the Bach Cello Suites; Brahms’s Double Concerto with Gil Shaham and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado; and chamber music with Maria João Pires and Augustin Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.

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