Wang Jian (cellist)
Jian Wang is a Chinese cellist. Wang currently has an international career but is based mainly in London and his hometown Shanghai. Born in Xi'an, Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. He entered the affiliated primary school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 9. While a student at the Conservatory, 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.
Jian Wang has since performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Detroit Symphonies, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Mahler Chamber, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Sawallisch, Jarvi, Chailly, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Chung, Alan Gilbert and Gustavo Dudamel.
Jian Wang has made many recordings, his latest release being the Elgar cello concerto with Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an album of short pieces for Cello and Guitar titled “Reverie”. He has also recorded the complete Bach Cello Suites and a Baroque Album with the Camerata Salzburg; Brahms Double Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham, the Haydn Concerti with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (with Myung-Whun Chung, Gil Shaham and Paul 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.
- "Presenting Jian Wang" (Delos Records, 1992)
- Brahms - "Piano Trios" with Maria João Pires in the piano and Augustin Dumay in the violin (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
- Mozart - "Piano Trios K.496 & K.502" with Maria João Pires in the piano and Augustin Dumay in the violin (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
- "Haydn Cello Concertos" Muhai Tang,(Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
- "Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time" with Gil Shaham, Paul Meyer and Myung-Whun Chung (Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
- "Brahms Double Concerto" Gil Shaham, Claudio Abbado(Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
- "The Baroque Album" (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
- "JS Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello Suites" (Deutsche Grammophon, 2005)
- "Reverie" with the guitarist Göran Söllscher (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
- Standard short biography of Jian Wang on the site of Deutsche Grammophon
- Jian Wang: An Extraordinary Journey by Andrew Palmer, excerpted from Strings magazine, January 2001, No. 91
- A Night to Remember: Jian Wang and the BBC Proms by Pamela Yau, Dimsum.co.uk, October 2008