Solo-oboist, New York Philharmonic
'An incredible combination of talent and personality.'
—Paavo Jarvi, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
iang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as a principal oboist. In February 2009, he performed the oboe concerto Extase by Cheng Qi Gang at Carnegie Hall. Wang performed Richard Strauss's Oboe Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in Hong Kong in February 2008. Previously, he was principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005-06), the Santa Fe Opera (2004-05), and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (2003-04) season. He is at the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
Born in 1980 in Qing Dao, China, Wang comes from a musical family. His mother was an amateur singer, and his uncle, a professional oboist. Wang began studying the oboe under his uncle at the age of seven. In 1993, Wang enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, studying under Professor Zhu Dun. Two years
later, he became a full-scholarship student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. During his time there, Wang was the Jack Smith Award Winner at the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Fellowship, and a winner at the Spotlight Competition of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Wang completed his bachelor’s degree in 2003 at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. While at Curtis, he was a fellowship recipient at both the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with John de Lancie, the former principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West, where he was a career grant recipient. As well, Wang was the second-prize winner at the 2003 Fernard Gillet International Oboe Competition and a prize winner at the 2002 Tilden Prize Competition.
Since graduating from Curtis, Wang has served as principal oboist at the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and associate principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony. He was also a guest principal oboist with the Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestra. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Angel Fire Music Festival. Wang has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto. He has given master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and was at the oboe faculty of the University of California at Berkeley.