Sylvia Wang, piano
Sylvia Wang has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Central America, Lebanon, Australia and Argentina. She has also recorded for the Newport Classic, CRI, Boston Records and Northeastern labels and been a winner and finalist for numerous awards and competitions. These include the Royal Overseas League Music Festival in London, the AVANTI award leading to a debut in London’s Purcell Room, Chamber Music Yellow Springs in Ohio and the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C.
Currently on the faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she has served as adjudicator and presenter for such institutions as the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, the Centre for Young Musicians in London, the Chautauqua Institution in New York and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Her students have won prizes and awards at the Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition (Grand Prize and bronze medal), the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Carnegie Millennium Book Project and the Concert Artists Guild and occupy teaching and playing positions in the U.S. and abroad.
At age 17, she left her native Penang, Malaysia to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a recipient of the prestigious Associated Board scholarship, earning the highest award in solo performance, the Recital Diploma. Thereafter, she graduated with the M.M. and D.M.A. with top honors from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In recognition of “distinction in the field,” she was conferred an honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She returns regularly to Asia to teach and perform, with recent engagements at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and a six-city tour of China. In addition to her work for “regular” audiences, she has presented animal-themed concerts for children in schools and concert halls across Southeast Asia.