Laureate of the prestigious 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Taiwanese violinist William Wei has begun to show his expressive and unique sound to the world. Following William’s Shostakovich Concerto in the final of the Queen Elisabeth with conductor Marin Alsop and the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Belgium Newspaper Le Soir states that “William Wei gets everyone’s attention in the first movement; he expresses all the possibilities in the second movement; William burns all his passion and freedom in the music till the end.”
William recently receives Salon de Virtuosi’s 2018 Career Grants and his performance is appreciated by well-known New York Times, Robert Sherman, who later invited William to play in radio WQXR. He also won the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition in 2013, which gave him the opportunity to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Severance Hall. He then went on to win the Concerto Competition organized by the Juilliard School and played Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy at the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall.
William began his solo career following the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and his solo performances began with his first recital debut in Taiwan, followed by multiple concerto opportunities with the Belgium National Orchestra, Boston Longwood Symphony, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan String Academy, Sejong Soloists, and Mainzer Virtuosi. William has also been invited to perform in festivals and venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Kaufman Music Center Merkin Concert Hall, 4string festival in New Jersey, Incheon Music Festival in Korea, Green Mountain music festival in Vermont, Casalmaggiore music festival in Italy, Henry le Boeuf Hall in Belgium, Gasteig Conert Hall in Munich, Seoul Arts Center, Cremona Stradivari Museum (Museo del Violino), Taiwan National Concert Hall, and Boston Jordan Hall. William has worked with renowned musicians such as Gil Shaham, Marin Alsop, Brian Suits, Nai Yuan Hu, Cho Liang Lin, Orion Weiss, Marc Danel, Sungwon Yang, and Ronald Feldman.
Born in Taiwan, William began his studies on the violin at the age of five. He is a proud recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Scholarship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, studying with ex-Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster, Kolja Blacher. William plays on 1761 Tomasso Balestrieri loaned from Chimei Foundation in Taiwan.