Biography:

Zhongwang Wang recently joined the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as the Principal Bassoon in the fall of 2017. Born in Changsha, Hunan, China, Zhongwang Wang started playing bassoon at age 11. Later he was selected to attend the top music
program in China, the high school division of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Prior to his graduation from high school, he contested the ‘Fox-China’ National Bassoon Competition and was awarded the first Prize at age 18. He soon came to the U.S. to study with George Sakakeeny at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music. In 2012, Zhongwang received his Master's Degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of William Winstead and Martin James. He is Currently pursuing his D.M.A. at CCM.

As a soloist, Zhongwang was named as the alternate for the prestigious ‘Fox-Gillet’ Competition by the International Double Reeds Society in 2016. As an orchestral player, he has performed with other professional orchestras in the U.S. including the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic. In May 2017, he participated the Virginia Arts Festival under the invitation of the world-renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta where he performed with the VSO for the Berlioz’s Requiem, and the album is now released by the Hampton Roads Classics. As a keen chamber musician, he has been the bassoonist of the Collegium Cincinnati since 2016, a professional chamber ensemble which performs across the Greater Cincinnati area.