In June 2015, 10-year-old piano prodigy Serena Wang successfully performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the baton of 80-year-old internationally celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta, who praised Serena highly and was astonished by her musical talent. In August 2015, Serena was invited to play Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in the General Assembly of the United Nations with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and celebrated Chinese conductor Long Yu in a musical celebration marking 70 years since both the ending of World War Two and the establishment of the UN. In December 2016 she appears as soloist on the third American tour of the China Philharmonic and Long Yu.
Born in October 2004, Serena Wang started her piano lessons with Sumi Nagasama when she was four. After eight months, she was awarded first prize in the San Mateo County Fair Piano Competition. In February 2010, five-year-old Serena became the youngest prizewinner for her outstanding performance in the Bach Piano Competition held by the University of California at Berkley. In the same year, she obtained first prize in the Piano Competition of the North California Chinese Music Teachers’ Society, and she was invited to play in the prize presentation ceremony.
In July 2010, Serena took part in the Second National Youth’s Piano Competition at Gulangyu Island in Xiamen. Her lively performance, not only won the gold prize in the Children’s Group, but also gained praise from judges and experts. On the invitation of the Chinese Musicians’ Society, she has been taught by renowned piano educator Prof. Dan Zhaoyi since September 2010.
Serena was invited to participate in the piano performance in the first Youth’s Spring Festival Gala, held by Chengdu Television in February 2011. She played in the Childhood on Black and White Keys concert specially held in Hangzhou and Chongqing by Prof. Dan’s students to celebrate International Children’s Day at the end of May 2011.
Serena was much honored to appear in a book entitled Dan Zhaoyi, a Piano Educator Who Taught World Champions and in national tour concerts of his awarded students in November 2011. She played in the music hall of the Grand National Theatre and collaborated with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, which was an important milestone on her musical path.