Praised by the press for her “astute musical sensibilities” and “extraordinary finesse” Dr. Shuai Sophia Wang is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She has given numerous solo and chamber concerts throughout the United States, China and Europe. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center (NYC), Merkin Hall (NYC), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Symphony Space (NYC), Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Sailfish Point Culture Center (Florida), Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), Wooster Chamber Music Series (Ohio) and University of Georgia Performing Arts Center. Wang has performed chamber music concerts in Stuttgart (Germany), Budapest (Hungary) and has presented solo recitals and master classes throughout China (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Chongqing). Wang has appeared on the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, ClevelandClassical, Washington Times and HuffingtonPost. She performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China), the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. Her concerts have been broadcasted on WCLV 104.9, WQSR 105.9 and WNED 94.5.
Wang is an active chamber musician and has shared the stage with many artists such as Caroline Goulding (Opus3 artist), Jun Iwasaki (concertmaster of Nashville Symphony), Annie Fullard (first violinist of Cavani Quartet), Weiwei Le (violin faculty of University of Nevada Las Vegas), Eliesha Nelson (violist of The Cleveland Orchestra), Isabel Trautwein (violinist of The Cleveland Orchestra), Joela Jones (principal keyboardist of the Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Sachs (principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra), Michelle Abraham (concertmaster of Ashland Symphony), Terry Orcutt (principal oboist of Canton Symphony and Akron Symphony) and Jing Zeng (violinist of Phoenix Symphony). She is an experienced orchestral keyboardist and recently substituted with The Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Ton Koopman and The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta. Other orchestras she has performed concerts with include the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (Steven Smith), Canton Symphony (Gerhardt Zimmermann), Fireland Symphony (Carl Topilow) and the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Orchestra (John Morris Russell).
Over the last several years Wang has developed her entrepreneurial skills to establish two performing organizations. She is the founder and artist director for the ArsFutura Ensemble, a new music ensemble comprised of strings, winds, piano and percussion. Its mission is to nurture the evolution of modern music through collaborationwith living composers. Ars Futura strongly believes in early education and theimportance of letting young students learn about the field of contemporary music anddevelop their creative side from an early age. The ensemble has worked closely with well-known composers such as Keith Fitch, Margaret Brouwer, Joan Tower, Chen Yi,Paul Dresher, Victoria Bond, Claude Baker, Melinda Wagner and David Rakowski.
Wang was also the co-founder of Classical Revolution Cleveland, an organization that presents talented soloists and ensembles throughout Cleveland, including students and faculty members from CIM, Oberlin, Kent State, as well as members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Praised in Cleveland Magazine for “exploding across the piano keys,” the mission of CRC is to promote and present the highest quality classical music in non-traditional venues, devoted to transform live concert experience and deepening the connection between the performers and audience.
Wang is a native of Tianjin, China. She came to the United States at age fourteen to study piano at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan as a full scholarship student. She then continued her training at Cleveland Institute of Music, eventually earning dual master’s degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano and a DMA in piano performance. She has studied with Paul Schenly, Joela Jones, Daniel Shapiro and Anita Pontremoli. Wang is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland State University. She joined Interlochen Arts Camp as the piano faculty in 2015.
Her music can be heard on Naxos Records.
Web site: www.pianoshuai.com
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