Wang Guan (Beijing, China)
China Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) and principal harpist of China National Symphony Orchestra
WANG GUAN holds the position of harp professor in China Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) and principal harpist of China National Symphony Orchestra. She is member of the board of directors of the World Harp Congress, and the Secretary General of Harp Society of Chinese Musicians Association. She also earned the titleOne of the Ten Greatest Harpists mentioned by China Central Television (CCTV).
Learning the harp with Prof. Zuo Yin since her childhood, Wang Guan was offered to be an exam-exempted graduate student by receiving the top honor from CCoM. At the same year, she went to France with a scholarship granted by the Government of France for a further study with Isabelle Perrin, the renowned harpist and professor at École Normale de Musique de Paris (National School of Music of Paris). Wang Guan received the Diploma Superieure de Concertiste – a highest diploma of the school – with greatest honor granted by the jury members unanimously. During her staying in France, she successfully held recitals at the Cortot Concert Hall and Cite des Arts Concert Hall in Paris.
Wang Guan has worked with great maestros such as Ozawa Seiji, Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach. In 2009, she was invited to join the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Chung Myung-whun, with other outstanding musicians throughout Asia. She successfully organized the 1st and the 3rd China International Harp Festival in 2008 and 2012 as the artistic director, and held the 1st CCOM International Harp Festival in 2014. Wang Guan is also the artistic director for the annual Harp Summer Camp at the Forbidden City Concert Hall since 2011.
As a teacher and solo harpist, Wang Guan is enthusiastic about promoting the harp and has given lectures and concerts at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Chongqing Grand Theatre, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Shenzhen Arts School, etc. She held solo and chamber concerts throughout China with CCTV recorded and broadcasted for multiple times, and also performed numerous concerto concerts with China National Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Tsingtao Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra and many other top ensembles. Wang Guan was invited to give the recital at Camac harp festival,and she also played at Rlh harp festival and Word Harp Congress. She was jury of several competitions, including Hongkong International Harp Competition, Rlh International Harp Competition,, the International Harp Competition of CCOM, etc.
Wang Guan was elected to join the three-year Youth Elite Program developed by Beijing Municipal Commission of Education in 2013. Her solo album, released in 2016, was the first classical harp album released in China. Her second album – the album Chamber Music Publishing in 2019, the album contains some of the most important harp chamber music works.