Violist Weijing Wang has joined the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra appointed by Music director Riccardo Muti in March 2012. Prior to
joining the CSO, she served as acting associate principal in the St. Louis
Symphony orchestra from 2009-12. From 2007-09, she served as principal of the
Phoenix Symphony, as the youngest principal player ever in the history of the
A native of Shanghai, China, Wang has received numerous
awards from competitions including the Robertson Awards in the Primrose
International Viola Competition, second prize in the Chicago National Viola
Competition, Gold Medal in the Shenyang National Viola Competition, third prize
in the Beijing National Viola Competition.
As an active and passionate chamber musician, Wang was the
founding member of the Chicago Peridot String Quartet, which had numerous
concert tours in cities of America and Europe. She has also collaborated with
artists such as the members of the Vermeer String Quartet. As an soloist, Wang
has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Youth
Symphony, Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Wang began her studies of the violin at the age of 4. At the
age of 17, she started to play the viola. in 2004, she was originally admitted
to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music without any entrance
auditions due to her talent. Wang studied with Mr. Li-Kuo Chang, at the Chicago
College of Performing Arts after she came to United States in 2004.