Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Merkin Hall, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Orford Music Festival in Orford, Quebec, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Temple E-manuel, among others. She is a prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions: the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, 2012 Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Senior Competition, 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition, the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. She was also a recipient of the 2012 Schubert Club Scholarship.
Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut (when she was still unable to reach the pedals of the piano) at the age of six, playing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. She has performed with many orchestras since then, including Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2011, Ms. Wang was chosen to perform in an all-Beethoven concerti concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Her festival appearances include the Pianotexas Academy and Festival (formerly known as the Cliburn Institute), Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, where she won the ‘Prix de Piano’ festival prize, Music from Angel Fire, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, Banff Piano Masterclass, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Wang has had the honor to work with many influential musicians and chamber groups, including Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Arie Vardi, Aldo Cicollini, John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Watts, Dénes Várjon, Jonathan Biss, Leonidas Kavakos, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, eighth blackbird, Emerson Quartet, members of the former Tokyo String Quartet, and more.
As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Wang frequently performs with violinist and friend Stephen Waarts. Together, they have performed across the United States and Canada, and have shared the honor of meeting and playing for the Belgian, Spanish and Dutch Ambassadors to the United States, his excellencies Johan Verbeke, Ramón Gil-Casares, and Rudolf Bekink, respectively.
Ms. Wang has been featured on many radio shows, including NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, “What Makes It Great” with host Rob Kapilow, along with programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York’s WQXR, and Philadelphia’s WHYY Public Radios. She has performed in several major concert venues, including Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall in NYC, Konzerthaus Berlin, Morgan Library, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and more.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang started learning piano at the age of four and violin at age seven. She is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied with Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Meng-Chieh Liu and was awarded the Sergei Rachmaninoff Award upon graduation. At Curtis, she held a full-tuition scholarship as a recipient of the William A. Horn M.D. Fellowship. Starting fall of 2017, Chelsea will be pursuing her Master of Music degree with a full scholarship at Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Leon Fleisher. Her previous instructors include Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.