Malaysian Wind Music Prize 2021, RondoFest 2023
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Po Wang obtained his Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin where he studied with Jonathan Kelly, Principal Oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic, and cor anglais with Dominik Wollenweber. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Lucas Macías Navarro, former Principal Oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he obtained the doctorate degree (Konzertexamen). He completed his undergraduate study at the Taipei National University of the Arts, studying under Prof Rong-Yi Liu and also studied with Prof Yiu Song-lam at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He twice won First Prize for oboe solo in both the high school and college categories of the Taiwan National Student Music Competition. At the age of 18, he also won the 5th Taipei Symphony Orchestra Young Talent Competition and the Taipei Wind Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2017, he received the Rising Star Award of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
Yu-Po was Principal Cor Anglais with both the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Hannover State Opera. He has also worked with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Wuppertal Opera and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He has played as guest with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchester, Berliner Philharmoniker, Braunschweig State Opera, Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in Spain, Ensemble Resonanz, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the Taipei Philharmonic and the Russian-German Music Academy Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Academy of the Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Scharoun Ensemble of Berlin Philharmonic at the Zermatt Music Festival Academy.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Wind Orchestra, the Emsland Festival Orchestra, the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. In 2018, he recorded Hindemith’s Kammermusik album with Christoph Eschenbach for the Ondine label.
Yu-Po is the Co-Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and an artist of Marigaux oboe and Cor Anglais.