Stern featured the boy in the film, which won an Academy Award and attained international popularity. This gave young Wang an opportunity to study at Yale and Juilliard, where his primary cello teacher was Aldo Parisot.
He made his orchestral debut at 11, playing the Saint-Saëns
Cello Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 14 the Chinese government sent him with other Chinese musicians to perform at the White House. When the Boston Symphony Orchestra
toured China, Wang performed as a soloist and was proclaimed by conductor Seiji Ozawa
"a world-class cellist." He played the Elgar
Concerto at Kennedy Center and elsewhere when the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China made its first American tour.