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Xiao Wong

Vivace Artist

Xiao Wong, cello, was born in Beijing, China, where he first received ear-training and piano lessons from his father at age of three. He began to study cello when he was seven and entered the pre-college at the Central Conservatory of Music at the age of nine. After graduating from high school he was admitted to the Manhattan School of Music in New York. His cello teachers were Lian San Wang, David Geber, David Soyer, Nathaniel Rosen and Evelyn Elsing.

Xiao Wong was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes both in China and the United States. He won first prize at the first national cello competition, junior division in Beijing, China, first prize at the Alexandria Symphony Concerto Competition, Paul Rolland String Competition, 5 Town Music and Arts Competition and the University of Maryland Concerto Competition. He received full scholarship at the Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music and orchestra fellowship at the University of Maryland. He also attended music festival such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and National Orchestra Institute.

Before joining the Houston Symphony, he was the associate principal of the Fort Worth Symphony and was frequently appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C. In 2006 and 2009 he was invited to perform with the world Chinese Orchestra in Beijing and Shanghai.

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