Artist Bio

Wang Jie, composer

Wang Jie’s stylistic versatility is a hallmark of her work. One day she spins a few notes into a large symphony, the next she conjures a malevolent singing rat onto the opera stage. Unveiling beauty in this world and paving new paths for lasting public engagement with classical music is at the heart of her artistry. In recent years, Jie’s “Symphony No. 1” has been the most-broadcast work on public radio. A popular concert opener, her “Symphonic Overture - America the Beautiful” is adored by tens of thousands of live audiences across the United States. During previous seasons, you might have heard about her pioneering opera “It Rained on Shakopee,” based on her mentoring experience at the Minnesota state prison. She is a frequent collaborator with organizations that vitalize the beauty of classical music as relevant today as ever, such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, Musica Sacra, The Apollo Chamber Players, etc. Success, as she defines it, is about reaching the hearts of anyone who gives her work a first listen. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a PhD from NYU. Co-founder of the Emerging Composers Intensive in CA and a serious instrumentalist herself, Jie tirelessly mentors young composers with a focus on somatic and collaborative approach in creativity. Born in Shanghai, Jie now considers herself a New Yorker.