Mei Mei Wei
Artistic Director/ Concertmaster
Mei Mei Wei was a winner of the Artists International Violin Competition in New York, where she was invited to play solo recital in Carnegie Hall. Her performance was highly praised by ”New York Concert Review”.
As an active recitalist and chamber musician, Mei Mei Wei has appeared throughout United States, China and other countries in Asia playing with many American and Chinese orchestras such as Arizona Chamber Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra, Bay Chamber Music Festival with Vermeer Quartet, East Meets West Music Arts Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, Music Alive Ensemble of New Orleans, New York Chamber Players Orchestra and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed recent solo and chamber concert tours to South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan with her daughter, violinist Lily Wei Ye.
Mei Mei Wei held the positions of Associate Concertmaster of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 seasons and First Violin Section of Phoenix Symphony for 8 seasons.
After returning to China in 2008, Mei Mei Wei was appointed the Music Director, Soloist, and Concertmaster of the Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra where they play all periods classical music. Over the last 12 years, she has been successfully leading the orchestra plays at the most well-known concert halls in China such as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Concert Hall, where she has gained popularity among Chinese audience. Under her leadership, the orchestra has become one of the best chamber orchestras in China. In recognition to her achievements, she was selected as a “Specially Recruited Expert”, under the prestigious “Thousand People Plan ” sponsored by Chinese government.
Born into a family of artists in Shanghai, China, Mei Mei Wei studied for her bachelor’s degree in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Tan Shu-Zhen, one of the most eminent violinists and violin pedagogues in China. Upon graduation, she went to US on a fellowship to study, first at Rice University and then at University of Southern California, where she received her Master’s degree under Edward Schmieder, She also studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi. Mei Mei Wei received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University under Kevork Mardirossian.
She was on the faculty of Louisiana State University, The Colburn School of Music, the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival in California.
The Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Music School of East China Normal University.
Currently Dr Mei Mei Wei is Artistic Director/Concertmaster of the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC and Artistic Director/Concertmaster of Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Every summer she also teaches at the Manhattan International Music Festival where she is Artistic Director/Violin Faculty plays solo recital and chamber music with world class artists such as Shumel Ashkenasi, Alexander Shtarkman, Kevork Mardirossian, Darrett Adkins and Dennis Parker etc,.