Weber State University Music Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor of Piano
As the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung Heidelberger described, “Shijun Wang is a fascinating, serious and sensitive musician” As a solo pianist and orchestral soloist, Shijun Wang has performed in California, New York, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Utah, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as Germany, France, Norway, China, Mexico, and Japan. In his most recent China tour, he gave master classes, lectures and recitals in more than half of the major Chinese conservatories includes Shenyang Conservatory, Xi’an Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory and Jilin College of Arts. He was appointed as visiting professor of Xi’an Conservatory where he would give concerts and master classes for two months each summer starting from 2017.
His orchestral appearances include the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini with the Lafayette Symphony, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Evening Stars Orchestra; Duxbury Music Festival Orchestra; Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Music Academy of the West Orchestra; Tulsa Signature Symphony Orchestra.
He has won many national and international prizes of piano performances, including the Excellence Award in the 65th Steinway Children and Young pianist Competition 2002. He subsequently won the Excellence award of the 8th Germany Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in 2002. The same year he won the Bronze medal at the Hong Kong Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. In 2008, he won the fifth prize in the Hamamatsu Piano Academy. In 2010, he won the first prize and the audience prize in Crescendo Piano Competition.
Professor Wang started teaching at Weber State University in 2015 where he teaches both piano major and non-major students as well as the Piano Preparatory Program in which he helps training the piano pedagogy major students. Professor Wang got his early music training in Shenyang, China. He began learning piano at the age of four. In 1999 he was accepted into the Music High School of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Dong-Dun Zhang. His mentors have included Thomas Schumacher, Dan-Wen Wei, Alfred Brendel, Emanuel Ax, and Richard Goode.
“Shijun Wang is a fascinating, serious and sensitive musician, who refutes all prejudices about ostensibly more technically then emotionally talented Asian musicians.”
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung Heidelberger 01/08/2007
“Mr. Wang showed measured brilliance.”
Santa Barbara News-press 07/26/2010
“Wang, a double prize winner at the 2010 Crescendo Music Awards, proved himself a formidable talent, one of those artists who does not allow his obvious and great technical command of the instrument be a substitute for passionate, thoughtful music making.”
“Shijun Wang is a 24-year-old piano phenomenon who is studying at the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York. It seems oxymoronic that he is studying instead of teaching for he displayed a maturity far beyond his tender years.”
“Wang's power and sensitivity brought the audience to its feet in prolonged admiration.”