Pianist Sha Wang enjoys a career as an active concert pianist, a professor of music, as well as a scholar in music theory. At the age of 19, Ms. Wang became the winner of the 16th International Young Artist Piano Competition, Washington, D.C. Since then, she has advanced into competitions such as the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition, Hilton-Head International Piano Competition and the Honens International Piano Competition. She is the first prize winner at the Long Beach Mozart Festival Concerto Competition, the grand prize winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, the second-prize winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and the alternate finalist at the Seattle International Piano Competition.
Dr. Wang has appeared on WFMT, Chicago, WQED, Pittsburgh, television stations in China and other parts of the world. She performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation Auditorium in NYC and was also the featured soloist at the Bank of America-Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. She has been the guest soloist for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and Pasadena Pops Orchestra and performed at venues such as the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada and the Richard Nixon’s Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. Her New York debut was at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. She has appeared on the stages of Aspen Music Festival and School, Interlochen Arts Academy, and other major summer festivals throughout the country. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed with artists, such as pianist Lang Lang, violinist Kun Dong (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), soprano Tamara Wilson (Houston Opera) and the members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has performed for former U.S. President Ford, and has been a performing artist for the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wang is also a passionate new music promoter. She has premiered compositions of most current composers. Her active participation in new music festivals, such as Music X and Grandin Music Festival, gave her the opportunities to work with composers such as Joel Hoffman, Martin Bresnick, Kaija Saariaho, and Michael Torke.
Dr. Wang is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for State and National competitions. She is also invited to give masterclasses at many institutions both in the United States and Asia.
Dr. Wang holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she became the youngest doctoral graduate from the Conservatory. Her teachers include Karen Knecht, John Perry, Richard Fields, and Frank Weinstock. Wang has been on faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy as a vocal/opera coach and music theory teacher at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She is currently a tenured associate professor in piano and theory at Geneva College.