Dr. Mei Mei Wei

Artistic Director/ Violin Professor

Mei Mei Wei was a winner of the Artists International Violin Competition in New York, where she was invited to play a solo recital in Carnegie Hall. Her performance was highly praised by ”New York Concert Review”.
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 the US on a fellowship to study, first at Rice University and then at the University of Southern California, where she received her Master’s degree under Edward Schmieder, a pupil of the legendary Russian violinist David Oistrakh. She also studied with legendary violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi. Mei Mei Wei received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University under the supervision of  Kevork Mardirossian.
Mei Mei Wei held the positions of Associate Concertmaster of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, First Violin Section of Phoenix Symphony. She was on the faculty of Louisiana State University, The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival in California in the US.
As an active recitalist and chamber musician, Mei Mei Wei has appeared throughout the United States and her native China, playing with many American and Chinese orchestras and performing in festivals such as Arizona Chamber Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra in Colorado, Shanghai Musician Association Chamber Orchestra, Bay Chamber Music Festival with Vermeer Quartet in Maine, East Meets West Music Arts Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, RoundTop Music Festival of Texas, Music Alive Ensemble of New Orleans. She played solo recital and chamber music with world-class artists such as Shumel Ashkenasi, Alexander Shtarkman, Kevork Mardirossian, and Dennis Parker.
After returning to China in 2008, Mei Mei Wei was appointed the Music Director, Soloist, and Concertmaster of the Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Over the last ten 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, Qingdao Grand Theatre, and Chongqing Grand Theatre, 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 of her achievements, she was selected as a “Specially Recruited Expert”, under the prestigious  “Thousand People Plan ” sponsored by the Chinese government.
Mei Mei Wei has taught at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Music School of East China Normal University. She also teaches in the summer at the Manhattan International Music Festival where she is the violin professor and Artist Director.