Born to a musical family in Beijing, China, cellist Jian Wang began her musical studies at the age of five with her mother, a cellist with the former Central Philharmonic of China, and she made her Beijing Concert Hall début at thirteen with the Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major. Later that same year, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied for three years before being discovered by Dr. Herbert Zipper and moving to Los Angeles to attend the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica. She was a pupil of the renowned cellist and pedagogue Eleonore Schoenfeld, who also guided Ms. Wang through her years at the University of Southern California.
Ms. Wang has been the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes at the ASTA State Competition and the LA Philharmonic Fellowship for Excellence in Diversity Scholarship. She has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Pacific Symphony, the American Youth Symphony, the YMF Début Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra of China. Ms. Wang performs frequently in recitals and as a chamber and orchestral musician. She was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta as one of the featured artists at the 60th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Mehli Mehta.
A recent transplant to the San Diego area, Ms. Wang makes her home in La Jolla with her two daughters and her Emmy Award-winning cinematographer husband whom she met while covering five Olympics as a reporter for NBC’s Olympics coverage. She has been performing for several months this season at Copley Symphony Hall at the invitation of the San Diego Symphony.