Yang Wei's musical education began at the early age of 6. As a young student of music,
he received instruction in several different classical Chinese instruments. At 13,
the decision was made to concentrate his considerable talents upon mastering the Pipa.
The years of study and dedication began to payoff when at 18 he performed as a soloist
with the National Shanghai Orchestra. This accomplishment was followed by his
achievement of the ART Trophy First Prize for the International Chinese
Musical Instruments Competition, in the Young Professional Pipa Section, which he was
awarded in 1989.
As a professional musician he has been celebrated worldwide, performing for and
inspiring audiences throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. His professional
activities have included performing as a soloist with various orchestras and in various
ensembles, teaching and participating in educational programs in both public and
educational settings. Since 2000, Yang Wei has toured with the acclaimed, Silk Road
Project, performing alongside world famous cellist, Yo Yo Ma. In the United States,
he has performed at such known venues as the Ravinia International Music Festival, the
Kimmel Center, the Lincoln Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. In
addition to these performances, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Art
Institute of Chicago and has led international music lectures. He has been instrumental
in commissioning new works by well-known composers such as Bright Sheng, Zhu Jianer,
Gabriela Lena Frank, and Yao Chen.
In 1996, Yang Wei moved permanently to the United States, making his home in the
Chicago area. Yang Wei's artistic perspective is an interesting one...
Musicians performing at Chopin IN the City Festival