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Mingzhe Wang

Mingzhe Wang

Mingzhe Wang

Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10 and by age 11 he was admitted to the Wuhan Conservatory and subsequently the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He is currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma.

A prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition (1999), the Orchestral Instrument Competition (2001), and the Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, Mr. Wang is committed to promote both the music of our time and the classics. He perfomed the Chinese Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with composers such as Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Krzystof Penderecki, and Aaron Jay Kernis. In addition, he has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as The American Classical Orchestra and the Clarion Music Society Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Wang has collaborated and continues to work with some of the most prominent young artists such as pianists Ilya Poletaev, Nathan Carterette and Ryo Yanagitani, violinist/violist Owen Dalby, cellists Mihai Marica and Dmitri Atapine. Mr. Wang’s performances have been broadcast on both China’s Central Television and New York’s WQXR.

Apart from being an active performer and educator on the clarinet, Mr. Wang is a seasoned singer. He has performed in choruses throughout New England, as well as internationally in the United Kingdom and Hungary. As a founding member of the Yale Schola Cantorum, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, James MacMillan, Sir Neville Marriner, and Kathy Saltzman Romey. Recently, Mr. Wang sang as the vocal soloist to Chen Yi’s Percussion Concerto with percussionist Joseph Gramley and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero.

Mr. Wang is currently an assistant professor of clarinet at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Before coming to Austin Peay State University, Mr. Wang taught clarinet to Yale undergraduate students and served on the faculty at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the Clarion Music Society Orchestra in New York City and the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

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