Cellist Vicky Wang is the Artistic Director and co-founder of C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy, a program dedicated to inspiring young musicians through chamber music. She is on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre-college division and serves as an assistant professor of cello at University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music and the cellist of its ensemble-in-residence, Trio 180. Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Wang served on the faculty of Mannes College of Music and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. Her recent performances and masterclasses include appearances in Chamber Music America Conference, Pacific Music Institute of Hawaii Youth Symphony, Korea’s Busan MARU Music Festival, pianoSonoma Festival, and MTAC convention. Dr. Wang's principal teachers include Eleonore Schoenfeld, Zara Nelsova, Darrett Adkins, Joel Krosnick, and Marcy Rosen. She has participated in music festivals such as the New York String Seminar, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), and Spoleto Music Festival (Italy), and Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). Dr. Wang received her Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from City University of New York.
- DMA, City University of New York
- MM, The Juilliard School
- BM, The Juilliard School
- Trio 180
What is your hometown?
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Learning and trying new things
Who were your major teachers?
Eleonore Schoenfeld, Zara Nelsova, Darrett Adkins
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
"I wish students would ask themselves: Why do I want to learn music/instrument ?"
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
It was a gradual process. I studied with some of the most amazing cello teachers so I wanted to give back and transform lives through music.
What was a turning point in your career?
Leaving New York and moving to Northern California to start a family. Figuring out how to manage a career in music while raising kids.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
Working with youth in some capacity.
What is your daily practice routine?
I can’t say “daily” but when I do get a chance, I will start my warm up with open strings, scales, double stops, and maybe an etude I am currently teaching followed by breaking down a difficult passage in the repertoire.
What is your unrealized project?
Performing all Six Bach suites in one day!
Please list your most important collaborations.
C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy which I am the Artistic Director and co-founder