Sean Wang is a violinist, conductor, and music historian. His repertoire ranges from Baroque music (on period instruments) to contemporary compositions. The American Record Guide has called him “a brilliant violinist” whose “quality [of] playing is exceedingly high,” while Fanfare Magazine has remarked on his “formidable technique.” Having performed extensively in North America, East Asia, and Europe, he currently teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where he directs the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, chairs the Strings Department, and serves on the violin faculty. He has worked as Violinist-in-Residence with the Guild of Composers in New York City, concertmaster with Grammy-nominated early music group Ars Lyrica Houston, Interim Director of Bach Society Houston, and Founder/Director of New York Intercultural Music Society, which performs and commissions music with Western and non-Western elements. On the podium, he has led orchestras of the Juilliard School, Longy School, and Stanford University in performances of standard symphonic works as well as full-length operas such as Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and others. As a musicologist, he has published book reviews, presented papers at international conferences, and served as a music critic. His recent recordings include a 4-disc, first complete set of Johann Jakob Walther’s monumental Hortulus Chelicus (1688) on Baroque violin, an album of music for violin, clarinet, and piano with Trio Solari (Centaur Records), and the first complete recording of Alessandro Marcello’s 12 Violin Sonatas (forthcoming). His principal teachers have included Rafael Druian (violin), Otto-Werner Mueller (conducting), and Jacques-Louis Monod (theory). He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (BM, violin), Juilliard School (MM, orchestral conducting, as a Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship recipient), and Stanford University (Joint PhD, musicology and humanities).
“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).