“[Being part of a symphonic work is] almost like reading a wonderful book or seeing a great movie. Every little thing plays into the final product.” — Liang Wang
The first of those “little” things is the first oboe’s piercing A to which the whole orchestra tunes. At the New York Philharmonic this comes from Principal Oboe Liang Wang. In the Q & A video above, Liang discusses some of the possible reasons why the first oboe traditionally performs this duty.
Liang also shares insights about reed-making and its similarities to wine-making, and how his performance depends on homemade reeds that, at the tip, can be thinner than a strand of hair. The beginning of the video features the technically demanding yet seductive solo that Liang will play this month in Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.
Throughout January you’ll see Liang on the cover of Playbill and featured on the Philharmonic’s social media channels.
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In February On the Cover will feature violist Rémi Pelletier.
Learn more about Liang Wang