Wan-Hao Xu joined the bass section of the New York City Ballet in 2003. Originally from Beijing, China, Wan studied there with Fu Da. He then continued his bass studies at Juilliard with Homer Mensch and at the Mannes College of Music with Marji Danilow. Prior to joining the NYCB Orchestra, Wan was Principal Double Bass with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in China. He participated in the Aspen and Pacific (Sapporo, Japan) Music Festivals. While at Juilliard, he won 1st prize at the Juilliard Double Bass Concerto Competition. He has also been an active chamber musician. His string quartet toured Germany and appeared with the Berlin Chamber Music Orchestra.