Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang, violin, early music, LCO conductor

Critically-acclaimed violinist Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. A specialist in nineteenth-century music, he is also an active Baroque violinist and an advocate of contemporary music, with a focus on compositions with intercultural elements.

A native of Taiwan, Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang came to the United States after winning Taiwan’s National Violin Competition at age 13, and subsequently studied at the Curtis Institute of Music (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Stanford University (PhD). 

An advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Wang has served as Violinist-in-Residence at the esteemed Guild of Composers in New York City, performed frequently with Houston’s CMA/ASCAP award-winning Musiqa, and was a featured artist at the Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn Festival of New Music at Texas Tech University. He has recorded new works by composers Karim Al-Zand and Edward Knight, commissioned from Donald Womack and Mei-Fang Lin, and premiered dozens of new works including those by Anthony Brandt, Noel Zahler, Marcus Maroney, James Walsh, and others.

On Baroque violin, Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang is a frequent concertmaster with Grammy-nominated Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Orchestra Houston, and in the same capacity performed with the orchestra of Festival de Música Barroca de San Miguel de Allende at a private concert for Vatican dignitaries during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Mexico. Recently, he made the first-ever complete recording of Johann Jakob Walther’s monumental Hortulus Chelicus from 1688 (4-disc set) with harpsichordist Matthew Dirst and cellist Barrett Sills. In 2013-14 he served as the interim director of Bach Society Houston, an early music performing group and presenter in Texas.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Wang's recent chamber music partners have included present and former members of Cleveland, St. Lawrence, Concord, and Medici string quartets, and principals of Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and Houston Symphony.

As a musicologist, he is interested in performance issues in historical contexts, and has presented papers at conferences, published book reviews and CD liner notes, and served as a music critic. In the classroom setting, he has taught topics ranging from medieval monophony to electronic music. In addition, on the podium, he has led orchestras of the Juilliard School and Stanford University in symphonic and operatic performances. He is the founder and director of the New York Intercultural Music Society, a nonprofit group that performs at traditional concert venues as well as educational establishments. 

Wang’s violin teachers have included Rafael Druian, Sylvia Rosenberg, as well as Lynn Chang, Sylvia Lee, and Kathy Judd. He also studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, theory with Jacques-Louis Monod, and chamber music with Felix Galimir.

Teaching Philosophy

“Having learned from important musicians with direct connections to the nineteenth-century Russian, Austro-German, and French traditions, what I convey to my students is a distillation of multiple schools of interpretation. Using that as a starting point, I incorporate pertinent information from current research to substantiate my teaching. I aim to help my students develop the ability to make informed musical decisions for themselves, for the ultimate goal is to help them become their own teachers. I also stay current on musical events, emerging venues, and career possibilities in order to advise my students. The society has a genuine interest in serious music of all types, and it is the musicians' responsibility to find the best channels to present their artistry.”    

Former violin faculty: Vanderbilt University, University of Houston, Texas Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). BM, Curtis Institute of Music (violin); MM, The Juilliard School (orchestral conducting, Bruno Walter Fellowship); PhD, Stanford University (musicology and humanities).