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Jian Wang - cello

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 2010/11 season Jian Wang will be making his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée. He also returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Swedish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. At the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris Jian will play the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Jeffrey Kahane and Joseph Swensen. Last season his performances included a major tour to Australia and New Zealand and concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic (Morlot) and Bournemouth Symphony (Dausgaard). Jian's many high profile performances in China included playing for the President, opening the season for the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras. He 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; NHK Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, Hallé, Scottish Chamber, Mahler Chamber and Camerata Salzburg. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Dudamel, Dutoit, Chung, Gilbert, Krivine, Sawallisch, Neeme Jarvi, Eschenbach, Dausgaard, 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.

Jian Wang has made many recordings with DGG, Reverie (arrangements for cello and guitar) and the Bach Cello Suites being his most recent releases. He 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 Concerto 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 instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.

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