Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore
Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
Cellist Yuqi Wang was born in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. She is a graduate of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, with a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She is now a DMA candidate of Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. Her teachers include Ralph Kirshbaum, Richard Aaron, and Li-wei Qin.
Wang has taken the First Prize and the Prize of Chief Conductor at the 2022 Gustav Mahler Cello Competition, and the First Prize at the International Music Competition Vienna “Grand Prize Virtuoso”. She was one of the nominators of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. In 2019, she was invited to the Qingdao International Cello Festival alongside with world-class cellists. Wang won the first prize at the 2018 YSTCM Concerto Competition and performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra in YST Concert Hall in Singapore.
As a chamber musician, Wang formed the Cantato String Quartet and gave many concerts in the Victoria Concert Hall, National Gallery of Singapore, etc. She performed together with the world’s leading period-instrument string quartets, London Haydn Quartet, on baroque repertoires. Her chamber mentors include Joseph Lin, David Finckel, Takács Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Endellion Quartet, etc.
Wang was a recipient of the fellowship of the Asian Youth Orchestra and had a performance tour with the cellist Steven Isserlis in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Taipei, Chiayi, Tokyo, and Osaka. In 2018, she received the orchestra string fellowship in the Aspen Music Festival and School.
The Bleeding Fingers Studio has invited Wang to record the《EXT018 Plants》,《EMI AWARDS》in collaboration with the Extreme Music Company. She was invited to record the CD with Li-wei Qin for the publication《Selection of Chinese and Western pieces for Violoncello》.
Wang is playing on the 1880’s E. Simoutre Et Fils cello, and this instrument was generously provided by a scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation.