Jian Wang

Biography

Jian Wang

Born in Shanghai in 1968, Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father at the age of four. Aged just nine, he entered the Shanghai Conservatory and was brought to the attention of the wider world after appearing in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning 1981 documentary, From Mao to Mozart. He is now recognised as one of the world’s finest cellists. 

- Jian Wang made his first American appearance in 1982 with an acclaimed performance as a soloist with the Shanghai Conservatory. 

- While still a student with the Yale School of Music, Wang accompanied the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China on their first US tour. 

- Following graduation, Wang continued his studies at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. 

- Upon graduation in 1992, Wang undertook a European tour with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 

- Two years later he formed a trio with pianist Maria João Pires and violinist Augustin Dumay. 

- He has honoured Isaac Stern by performing at both his 70th and 80th birthday galas. 

- Wang has made international appearances with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra among many others. 

Did you know? 

Jian Wang plays a rare 1622 A & H Amati. It was loaned to him by the family of the late Chinese music enthusiast and philanthropist Sau-Wing Lam.

Dvorak Cello Concerto 1st Mvt