Chinese cellist takes on position in Birmingham Conservatoire

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/6/1 8:31:34

World-renowned cellist Chinese Jian Wang has taken up a new role at Birmingham Conservatoire as International Chair in Cello, Birmingham City University announced on Wednesday.

Born in Xi'an, northwest China, and splitting his time between Shanghai and London, Wang has a career that has seen him perform with many of the world's leading orchestras.

Describing Birmingham Conservatoire as one of the leading institutions in the world for learning music, Wang said he's "looking forward to working with the cello students at Birmingham Conservatoire, and to collaborating with and learning from my colleagues."

The appointment will see Wang regularly visit the conservatoire, where he will lead a class of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have the potential to become the next generation of great cellists.

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, celebrated cellist and principal at the conservatoire, said: "Jian Wang is one of the finest solo cellists in the world today and he will be a great inspiration to all our students."

"His appointment is another step on our journey as we head towards opening the first purpose-built conservatoire in a generation in September," added the professor.

Part of Birmingham City University, the new Birmingham Conservatoire, will be a unique contemporary building, incorporating five public performance spaces including a new 500-seat concert hall for orchestral training and performance. It will be the only one of its kind in the country designed for the demands of the digital age.

Louise Lansdown, Head of Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire, said: "We are thrilled to welcome the iconic cellist Jian Wang to our staff and cannot wait for him to begin work with our cellists just in time for our new Conservatoire opening later this year."

Jian Wang began to study the cello at the age of four with his father. While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire, he was featured in the celebrated documentary film "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China."

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