Wei Wu

37-pipe Sheng

Wei Wu, sheng virtuoso and professor at Shanghai Music Conservatory, studied at Shanghai Music Conservatory and the Hanns Eisler Academy Berlin with a DAAD scholarship. He has developed the ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music. 

His prizes include the German Musica Vitale, German Global Root, German Record Critics Award, Herald Angels Award 2011 from the Edinburgh International Festival, International Classical Music Award and the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2015 for the CD, Unsuk Chin‘s 3 Concertos. He has premiered more than 300 works (10 concertos for sheng ) from composers such as Unsuk Chin and Jukka Tiensuu. 

As a sheng soloist, he has appeared at the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic under Kent Nagano, Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Radio France Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic under Matthias Pintscher, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Modern. With ‘his extraordinary virtuosity‘ (The Guardian), his performance was one of  the highlights of the BBC Proms in 2014.