Jessica Wang is a New York City-based cellist who enjoys playing music of all genres, from musical theatre to classical to pop/rock and beyond. With various ensembles, she has performed at many distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, NJPAC, the Santa Barbara Bowl, the Naumburg Bandshell, the Prospect Park Bandshell, the Public Theater, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, NBC Studios and Broadway.
In 2017-2018, Jessica toured the country on the first national Broadway tour of An American in Paris, performing in 24 different cities. She has held the cello chair in the off-Broadway productions of We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time by David Cale at the Public Theater (2019) and Pericles at the Theatre for a New Audience (2016). On and off-Broadway, she has performed with several orchestras and bands including those of Wicked, Jagged Little Pill and Fiddler On the Roof in Yiddish. During the 2021 holiday season, Jessica held a cello chair with the iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra.
Other musical theatre credits include performances at the Signature Theatre and the American Theatre of Actors. Jessica has appeared in several episodes of the award-winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, as well as on Saturday Night Live with musical guest, Shawn Mendes. The live performance can be viewed here.
In addition to live performances, Jessica can be heard on a wide variety of albums and recordings, including several albums with the 8-Bit Big Band led by Tony-winning orchestrator Charlie Rosen, the 2021 Grammy-winning world premiere album of Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison performed with the Experiential Orchestra, the pop single Lady Like by Ingrid Andress released on Amazon Music, and Blake Allen's chart-topping musical theatre album The Shards of an Honor Code Junkie.
As a soloist, Jessica has performed the Lalo Cello Concerto with the High Mountain Symphony and Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody with the New Jersey Youth Orchestra. She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top as both a soloist as well as in collaboration with world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. During past summers, Jessica has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
As a cello teacher, Jessica enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. She strongly believes in the positive and lasting effects of music during a child's growth and development, and well into adulthood. Jessica has taught both private lessons and group classes with the 92Y School of Music, the Music Institute of Long Island, the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Harmony Program, the Harvard-Radcliffe Musical Outreach to Neighborhood Youth (HARMONY) Program in Boston and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. She received her Suzuki Teacher Training with master teacher Pamela Devenport at the School for Strings in New York City. Jessica currently provides private lessons in the New York Metropolitan area. Please visit her Contact page to inquire about lessons.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Harvard College and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship Recipient student of Bonnie Hampton.