O-1 and Permanent Resident as Violist with “extraordinary abilities”
Violist Meng Wang has established himself as a soloist, an avid chamber musician and a prominent orchestral musician. Born in Sheng-Yang, China. He began his violin studies at the age of 5 with Ze Jin, the concertmaster of Liaoning Symphony Orchestra. At age 12, he was accepted by Central Conservatory in Beijing under the instructions of Mr. Xiao-Long Liu and Mr. Ke-Qiang Sui. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the states and attended Walnut Hill School in Boston as a full scholarship student and studying viola with former violist for Borromeo String Quartet Hsin-Yun Huang. The next year; he won the top price in The Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was accepted by the Curtis Institute of music where he studied with the member of Guarneri String Quartet violist Michael Tree and President of The Curtis Insititue of Music Roberto Diaz, and Karen Tuttle.
Deeply committed to chamber music, Mr. Wang has performed with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson, Chao-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, Pinkas Zukerman, Barbara Westphal and the pop star Bono. He has appeared in both solo and chamber music performances at major venues includes the Carnegie, Lincoln Center Alice Tully, and The Town Halls in New York, The Kimmel Center for the performing arts in Philadelphia, The Library of Congress, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Boston Jordan Hall, Majestic Theater and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. As a member of Kansas City Chamber Music Society, his playing has been broadcasted frequently in many public radio stations. Mr. Wang’s festival appearances have included Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, Marlboro, and Verbier in Switzerland. He also appeared as a guest soloist at the International Music Festival in Maine.
Mr. Wang joined The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in December 2007. Previously he has performed with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The New York Philharmonic. From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Wang served as principal viola at The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He had also been the associate principal viola at the Haddonfield Symphony, the principal viola at the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and The Curtis Symphony Orchestra.