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The Bethel University Department of Music and Theatre is deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved cello professor Hong Wang. Hong came to Bethel in 2002 to teach cello students. But he taught so much more than just cello in his lessons. He was an extreme encourager, compassionate, and fiercely supportive of his students. He was also a superb chamber player. He gave many collaborative recitals at Bethel with fellow music faculty members Herb Johnson and Tina Park and others. A recording of Hong performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 with the Bethel Chamber Orchestra in 2004 conducted by Lynda Bradley Vacco is on the Bethel University Department of Music Facebook page. Peace to both their memories.

Started at Bethel

2002-2021

Education

  • Shanghai Conservatory of Music - Artist Diploma in Cello Performance (B.M.), 1982
  • University of Kansas - M.M., 1993
  • University of Minnesota - D.M.A., 2003

Biography

The Bethel University Department of Music and Theatre is deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved cello professor Hong Wang. Hong came to Bethel in 2002 to teach cello students. But he taught so much more than just cello in his lessons. He was an extreme encourager, compassionate, and fiercely supportive of his students.

He was also a superb chamber player. He gave many collaborative recitals at Bethel with fellow music faculty members Herb Johnson and Tina Park and others. Click here to listen and view a recording of Hong performing the Tchaikovsky “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Op. 33 with the Bethel Chamber Orchestra in 2004 conducted by Lynda Bradley Vacco. Peace to both their memories.

Recognized as an outstanding performing recitalist, soloist, cello teacher, and chamber music coach, Wang has performed extensively in concerts, recitals, and presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He has inspired audiences with his virtuosic, lyrical, and colorful playing.

In addition to teaching at Bethel University, he has been a member of the music faculty at Concordia University in St. Paul since 2001, and Hamline University since 2008. He served on the music faculty at St. Cloud State University during the 2001-2002 school year. Wang has also been on the faculty of the Bravo Summer String and Keyboard Institute at the University of Minnesota and Cello: An American Experience, a premier international summer academy at St. Olaf College. He has also taught at St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul since 1995. He was the assistant to world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Solow during their performing and teaching tour in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China during the summer of 2007.

As a sought-after cello teacher, Wang maintains a busy teaching schedule, sharing his captivating cello playing with his students. His students have been first-prize winners in many competitions including the Young People's Symphony Concert Association, the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, Minnesota Youth Symphonies Solo Competition, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Solo Competition, and the Minnesota Sinfonia Young Artist Competition.

Wang received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Kansas, Graduation Diploma in Cello Performance from Shanghai Conservatory, and the Cello Performing Diploma from Fujian Province Arts School. His primary teachers include distinguished cellists Tanya Remenikova and Edward Laut.