Second Associate Concertmaster
Currently Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Wang Liang was born in Shenyang, China. He started playing the piano at the age of four and a year later started on the violin under the guidance of his mother, Concertmaster of Liaoning Symphony Orchestra. Displaying flare and talent at an early age, Wang entered the junior section of the Shenyang Music Conservatory in 1998, was top of his class, and enrolled at the Central Conservatory of Music in 2004 with full scholarship. During his studies there he became one of the outstanding students of renowned professor Lin Yaoji, and was appointed Concertmaster for various orchestras, including the Shenyang Music Conservatory Youth Orchestra, the Central Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the orchestra of the 1st and 2nd Canton International Summer Music Academy, and the orchestra of the opening concert of the 6th Music Festival organised by the Central Conservatory of Music. In summer 2007 he joined the music academy directed by Maestro Seiji Ozawa, who highly praised Wang’s performance, leading to tour performances across Japan as concertmaster.
Wang has won various awards in competitions, including the First Prize winner of the 1st and 2nd Shenyang Music Conservatory Violin Competition. In 2007 he participated in a chamber music masterclass by Rainer Kussmaul (former Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and Sadao Harada (former cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet). In 2008 he was invited to attend the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Active as a soloist, Wang has made a number of concerto appearances, including performances with the HK Phil, Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, Central Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Shaan Xi Symphony Orchestra.
Wang Liang plays on a 1788 Joseph Gagliano violin, donated by The Ladies Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.