Chinese pianist Xiaohan Wang began his musical education at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Middle School, where he studied with Jin Aiping, Li Qifang and Zhou Guangren. He later furthered his studies at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater with Arie Vardi and Matti Raekallio. In 2010, he received his PhD degree with a perfect score in academic performance, the first in the university’s history. He has won prizes in several prestigious piano competitions in Europe and in USA, namely the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn.
Now a leading figure in the classical music world, both in China and internationally, he currently acts as Artistic Director in the Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition and the Singapore International Piano Competition, and has recently been appointed Head of Piano at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-College, and Professor of Chamber Music for post-graduates.
As a soloist, Wang has performed at many acclaimed international music halls, including the German Bavarian Broadcasting Symphony Hall, Russian Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Israel’s Tel Aviv Mann Auditorium. As a soloist, he has performed throughout Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, USA, Canada, Israel, Japan and South Korea, as well as at several international music festivals including Ravinia in USA, Germany’s Beethoven Festival, Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Festival, The Hundred Pianists in the 20th Century Concert Series in Tokyo and the Concert for the 22nd Anniversary of Sino–ROK Diplomatic Relation in Seoul, South Korea. As a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated with cellist Misha Maisky, the Jerusalem Quartet and the Takács Quartet.
Xiaohan Wang has also conducted several renowned orchestras, including the Israel Symphony. A talented composer, his work for piano – A Lost Diary – won second prize at the 2007 Chinese Piano Composition Competition. In 2008, his violin composition – Scene of the Chinese Village –was awarded third prize at the Chinese Violin Composition Competition, and was subsequently performed and recorded by distinguished Chinese violinist, Ning Feng. His piano piece – The Inspiration of Painting – was elected as the compulsory piece for the 2007 Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn.
Presently a piano professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, he is frequently invited to give masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions at home and abroad, including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has served on the jury of many music competitions. A dedicated pedagogue, he is devoted to cultivating brilliant young pianists. His students have won many awards in national and international competitions.
Wang has been recorded on several CDs, including Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl (Naxos) and in 2015, a live performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (published by Austrian recording company Bravo Artists). He has also been cover star of the French journal Chopin.