DSO member since 2013
Originally from Shanghai, China, Jiamin Wang started playing violin at age six. At twelve years old, she entered the highly selective Shanghai Conservatory. While in school, she won the Youth Performance Award at the eighth national Professional Violin Competition in Qingdao, China. The following year, she won second prize in the Bucharest Romania International Violin Competition. Wang studied under Professor Xuan He and won several awards during her time at the Shanghai Conservatory. She graduated with excellence in 2009 before receiving a prominent scholarship to continue her post-graduate studies.
During her graduate studies, she was chosen by world-renowned and Oscar Award-winning composer and conductor, Tan Dun, as the first violin in his Water Heavens string quartet—performing hundreds of concerts over the course of several years. Wang also premiered Tan Dun’s Hero Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the National Orchestra of Madrid in 2010. As a soloist, she also performed with the Singapore Festival Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012, Wang attended Bard College Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship where she studied under Weigang Li and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In 2013 she took her first audition and accepted a position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Wang has always been passionate about chamber music and has continued to remain active in that realm after joining the DSO performing with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, and others.
During her free time, Wang enjoys being with her husband, two young children, and their French Bulldog. She plays on an Italian violin by Giacomo Zanoli from 1750.