Jian Wang started to study the cello with his father at the age of four, before entering the Shanghai Conservatory. During the filming of From Mao to Mozart
, he caught the attention of Isaac Stern and received encouragement from him. He began his studies at the Yale School of Music under Aldo Parisot in 1985 and made his professional debut in 1986 at Carnegie Hall in New York. Since then, he has had an international career in Europe and America, while continuing to be very active in China. He was artist in residence at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in the 2015-16 season and has long been closely associated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music has played an important part in his career, particularly with the trio he forms with Maria-João Pires and Augustin Dumay. He has recorded the Suites for solo cello of J.S. Bach and frequently performs them in concert. His discography includes benchmark performances such as the Brahms Double Concerto conducted by Claudio Abbado, the Elgar Concerto conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps
with Myung-Whun Chung, Gil Shaham, and Sabine Meyer.