Chao Wang was born in 1990 in Beijing and began his piano lessons at the age of four years, before he entered the Central Middle School in Beijing, an elite education facility. Showing an outstanding talent in music, he performed his first public recital at the age of six. In 2008 he moved to Germany to study at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Micheal Endres and Fabio Bidini; in 2011 he enrolled at Universität der Künste Berlin to continue his studies with Klaus Hellwig. He was awarded the Gisela and Erich Andreas and the Ottilie Selbach Redslob scholarships in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Chao has been unusually successful since his early youth. He was awarded so far in not less than thirteen renowned international piano competitions. Among them were, while he was only 16 years old, 3rd Prize at Takamatsu International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant, the 2nd Prize at the 4th The Muse International Piano Competition in Greece and the 22nd Epinal International Piano Competition in France. Furthermore he won the “Paul Streit” Prize at the 65th Geneva International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
As a consequence of all this, Chao is more and more becoming popular worldwide. He has performed so far with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lorraine Symphony Orchestra, TIPC Symphony and Takamatsu Symphony Orchestras in Japan, Santorini Chamber Orchestra in Greece, Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the last years, he gave dozens of recitals and concerts in China, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. Thus various international media already reported about him, referring to him as “one of the most promising young pianists”.
In October 2013 Chao collected his most important award so far – the Grand Prix at the European Piano Competition in France. As part of the first prize, this debut recording was produced by sponsorship of KAWAI.