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Paul Wang

Viola/Violin Instructor


Paul is an avid, driven, and philosophical educator of music with the desire to

perpetuate classical music and guide the emerging artists of future generations. He

is a conductor at the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra and follows in the footsteps

of his mother, who was a choral director and piano teacher during his early life in


In class around San Diego, Paul brings vast experiences to inspire school orchestra

students to elevate their technique and artistry to overcome the demands of the

music. Paul has coached at, among others, Valley and Oak Valley Middle Schools,

Canyon Crest Academy, and Del Norte, Poway, and Westview High Schools. He

has appeared as a guest artist for the Carmel Valley Summer Symphony. In

addition, Paul teaches private lessons at the San Diego Music Academy, where he

works with students from the age of 6 and older, including adults. Some of his

students aspiring to become professional musicians have been accepted or

continued music performance studies at Loyola Marymount and Indiana

Universities, University of Illinois, and Universities of California, Irvine and Los


As a musician, Paul was a member of the La Jolla Symphony and the San

Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. Prior to that, he joined the San Diego and San

Francisco Youth Symphonies and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Being in

orchestra has given him the opportunities to perform at the homes of world class

orchestras, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics and the San Diego and

San Francisco Symphonies. Paul has also collaborated with influential conductors,

notably Donato Cabrera, Jahja Ling, Michael Morgan, Alasdair Neale, Scott

Sandmeier, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Paul was born in 1993 and began his musical journey on the piano at the age of 4.

In 2001, Paul won an audition to join a class of thirty students, where he started

learning the viola as his secondary instrument. In 2004, Paul moved to San Diego

and continued his viola studies. In 2011, Paul received a scholarship to enroll at

the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he continued viola performance

studies. Paul has earned both bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Francisco

Conservatory of Music. Some of his notable mentors are Ji Pei Jie, member of the

National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra; Kai Tang, 3rd prize winner of the 1989

Primrose International Viola Competition; Jodi Levitz, undergraduate teacher and

now a professor at the University of Miami; Jonathan Vinocour, graduate teacher

and principal of the San Francisco Symphony.

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