Mr WANG Shao-wu graduated with honours from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and joined his alma mater’s teaching faculty after. Having been awarded a scholarship by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD / The German Academic Exchange Service ), Shao-wu proceeded to study under famous violist Mathias Buchholz at the German Hochschule für Musik Köln, where he earned his Masters degree. Following which, he acquired a doctorate of the highest order from the Konzertexamen “Music Master Class” at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Shao-wu’s undertaking as a music educator has been recognised early on; he received the Outstanding Young Teachers Award given by the Education Committee of Beijing in 2008, awarded the Huang Yuan-li Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and was selected to be part of the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Project of Excellent Talents in the New Century.
In the‘211 Project’funded by the Central Conservatory of Music in China, Shao-wu published annotated scores for chamber music, namely the ‘Ravel String Quartet’ and the ‘Debussy String Quartet’. The 1st String Quartet Competition by the Middle School division of the Central Conservatory of Music was organised by Shao-wu with great success.
Together with fellow young teachers, Shao-wu founded the Beijing Quartet and the Central Music Quartet, which became a platform for opportunities to work with other world-famous quartets and string masters. Among them were the Borodin String Quartet, the Kodály Quartet, the Amadeus String Quartet, Isaac Stern, Yo-yo Ma, Nobuko Imai, Mathias Buchholz, Hariolf Schlichtig and Wolfram Christetc.
Shao-wu has produced many prize-winning students at domestic Chinese and international competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany, and the Llanes International String Competition in Spain, where his students swept up the First Prize in both the Junior and Senior categories.
Over the years, his students have gone on to be admitted into conservatories around the world like the Julliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Some have graduated and taken up tenure at Toronto University, the University of Monteverdi in Cananda, and the University of Kent in the United States, while others have become professional musicians; his student Li Teng is currently Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and Jin Yu is a violist with the Miami Quartet based in the United States.
Our school is honoured to have Shao-wu, who is concurrently an Associate Professor of viola and the Vice-Principal of the Middle School division of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, on our distinguished panel of advisors; sharing his expertise in viola instruction with us here at Melody Strings.