“Mannes Trio” Bios

The Players

Ethan Chen, Violin

Violinist Ethan Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and started playing violin at age seven.  He began his studies with Nanette Chen in 2008 and a year later won first prize at the Taiwan Baroque Music Competition. In 2012 he was invited to perform as soloist in “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Shanghai as a part of the United Youth Orchestra Concert. The following summer he participated in the Qingdao International Music Festival in China, and later that year moved to the U.S. to study with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. In 2014 he won the division’s concerto competition, giving him the opportunity of performing the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Pre-College Symphony.  In 2016 he received the coveted Clara Collens Scholarship at Juilliard, and appeared at Berkshire Bach’s 2017 and 2018 Bach’s Birthday Bash celebrations.  Following his graduation from the Juilliard Pre-College Division he continued his education at The Mannes School of Music, and now studies with Aaron Rosand.

Jimmy Wang, Violin

Violinist Jimmy Wang was born in 1998 and began playing violin at the age of six. He studied in Beijing with violinist Wei Wen, has won or placed in several important competitions, including the First Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, the International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini, the Chengdu Guang Ya Violin International Competiton, and the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music. He has appeared in recital in Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Salzburg, and New York.  Since 2013, he has appeared with the Russian violinist and pedagogue Zakhar Bron, participating in his summer studio in Salzburg and playing with the International Summer Academy. He is the youngest winner of the Violin Concerto Competition of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Bach Competition.  A native of China, he is an undergraduate at the Mannes School of Music, where he studied with Lewis Kaplan for 11 years and is currently a student of Sieun Lin at the Juilliard Pre-College Division.

Wangshu Xiang, Cello

Originally from Shenzhen, China, cellist Wangshu Xiang was born in 1998 and began playing cello at the age of eight. At 15 she came to America to study with cellist Allison Eldredge at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.  She has participated in Music@Menlo, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Montecito Music Festival, and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy.  In 2016 she won the American Protégé Concerto Competition, was second in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, performing at Weill Recital Hall based on her win, and was first runner up in the New England Philharmonic Concerto Competition.  She has performed in masterclasses for Laurence Lesser, Benjamin Zander, Paul Katz, Nikolas Schmidt, David Ying, Peter Stumpf, Yi-Wei Qin and Daniel Veis. As a chamber musician, she has performed for Paul Neubaur, Wu Han, Clive Greensmith, Ivan Chan, and Keith Robinson.  She is a cellist in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Harpa Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Oslo Konserthus, Bergen Grieghallen and Stavanger Konserthus in Norway.

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