Pre-CollegeComposition and Music Theory

Dr. Amao Wang is a contemporary classical music composer. Wang’s works have been presented at prestigious events and venues, including the 23rd Underwood New Music Readings, Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard’s Focus! Festival, the Banff Centre, NCPA Young Composers Project, Mizzou International Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Korean National Gugak Center, the Intimacy of Creativity, and Thailand International Music Festival. She has collaborated with the American Composers Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China National Opera Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Music from China, Aspen New Music Ensemble, and Kaohsiung Chinese Orchestra, among others.

Since 2016, Wang has taught composition and orchestration at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. She has received numerous awards, grants, and commissions in Asia and America. She was a recipient of the China National Arts Fund in 2018 and was selected by the China Symphony Orchestra to participate in their Young Composers Project. Her pipa solo work, To the Revered Blades Man, won the first prize of the Dunhuang Pipa New Composition Competition. Recently, she received commissions from the 6th Chinese Woodwind Instruments Week held by the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing 19th Middle School, and many Chinese instrumental virtuosi.

Wang has performed her own chamber works at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and many Chinese music institutes. She has also played her own piano solo work at the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund Symposium and the National Association of Schools of Music concert series. 

Wang received her DMA and a Master of Music in Composition in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, James Mobberley, and Paul Rudy. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Composition from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Tang Jianping.