WU Wei, born 1970 in P.R.China, studied the Sheng at the Shanghai Conservatory and was a soloist
with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra before studying at the Hanns Eisler Academy with a DAAD
scholarship in Berlin, where he is now based.
In addition to many prestigious national and international competitions for traditional Chinese music,
he won the Musica Vitale Competition, Germany, in 1996 and 2002 and the Global Root world music
prize in 2004. In 2011 he won the Herald Angels Award by Edinburgh International Festival for
Composition of Unsuk Chin „Su-Concertro for Sheng“ with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under
Since 1996 he has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the
Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestras under Kent Nagano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
under Gustavo Dudamel, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, the Radio France
Philharmoic Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chun, the
Netherlands Radio Philharmoic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, the
Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra New York, the Belgium Symphony
Orchestra Valaanderen, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Luebecker
Philharmonic Orchetra, the Westfalen New Philharmonic, the Pannonische Philharmonic Orchestra
Austria, the Metropole Orchestra Holland, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the new
Brandenburg Philharmoic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the Nieuw Ensemble Holland, Atlas
Ensemble Holland, the Chamber Ensemble of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the
Luxembourg Sinfonietta, etc.
He has appeared at the Berliner Festspiele, the Munich Bienale, the Edinburgh international festival,
the Donaueschingen Musik Tage, the Musica Viva Munich, the Dresdener Festspiele, the Warsaw
Autumn, the Suntory music Festival Tokyo, the Bartók Festival Hungarian, the Achipel Festival
Geneve, the Cologne Triennal, the Holland Festival, Festival les Musiques Marseille etc., and at the
Berliner Philharmonie, the Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Concertgebouw
Amsterdam, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the User Hall
Edinburgh, and the Théatre du Chatelet Paris etc.
His international engagements include appearances throughout the USA, Canada, South America,
Europe, Russia, and the Middle and Far East, and he has given the world premieres of more than 150
works (including ten concertos for Sheng and Orchestra), by composers including John Cage, Unsuk
Chin, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Joerg Widmann, Guus Janssen, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang,
Guo Weijing and Ruo Huang.
He is also a prolific composer for Sheng. He already received various composition comimssions, such
as the foundation Royaumont in 2004, "Musica Viva" Munich in 2005, the Hanse culture foundation in
2009, the Civitella Ranieri foundation New York in 2010, and the cultural foundation Sachsen in 2003,
2005, 2006 and 2011.
WU Wei is an avant-garde Sheng soloist. He has helped to develop this four thousand's years old
ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of new
theniques, expanding the new repertories and intergrating different styles and genres.