Mingzhe Wang, clarinet
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 received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. His major teachers include David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, and Paul Green.
A prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition (1999), the Orchestral Instrument Competition (2001), and a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission's 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship award, Mr. Wang is committed to promoting both the music of our time and the classics. He performed the Chinese premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with composers such as Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Krzystof Penderecki, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lee Hoiby, Paul Schoenﬁeld, and Chen Yi. He was a founding member and co-principal clarinetist of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as sectional clarinetist with Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony, and Paducah Symphony. In addition, he has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Music Society Orchestra, and Opera Lafayette. As a chamber musician, Mr. Wang has collaborated and continues to work with some of the most prominent young artists of today. Mr. Wang's performances have been broadcast on China’s Central Television, New York’s WQXR, Nashville's WPLN, and many public radio stations across North America.
Apart from being an active performer and educator on the clarinet, Mr. Wang is a seasoned singer. He was the vocal soloist in Chen Yi's Percussion Concerto accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra with percussion soloist Joseph Gramley. He has performed in choruses in the United States, as well as internationally in Korea, China, 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.
Mr. Wang is currently an associate professor of clarinet at Michigan State University, College of Music. He is a co-founder of Trio Séléné. Previously, Mr. Wang taught clarinet at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.