Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe. Previously, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005–06), and principal oboe of the Santa Fe Opera in the 2004–05 season.
Born in Qing Dao, China, in 1980, Mr. Wang comes from a musical family. His mother was an amateur singer; his uncle was a professional oboist, and Mr. Wang began oboe studies with him at the age of seven. In 1993 he enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, and two years later attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. During his time there he 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.
Liang Wang made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2011 performing Chen Qigang’s Extase, and he was invited by the Presidents of China and France to perform the work with the Orchestre Colonne de France at Versailles’s Royal Opera House in March 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of France-China diplomacy. Other recent appearances include Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with Les Violons du Roy, led by Bernard Labadie, in Quebec City; Mozart and Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concertos on tour with all of China’s major symphony orchestras; and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Mr. 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. Mr. Wang was a prize winner at the 2003 Fernard Gillet International Oboe Competition.
Since graduating from Curtis, Mr. Wang has served as principal oboe with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony; he was also a guest principal oboist with the Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Angel Fire Music Festival, and he 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, The Juilliard School, Mannes, and The Curtis Institute of Music; was on the oboe faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University, and is an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central conservatory.
*photo by chris lee