Described by legendary violinist Dame Camilla Wicks as "a genuine artist who has boundless imagination," Wei He has given critically acclaimed solo recitals in Asia, Europe and the United States. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, and the Francesco and Peabody trios. His many awards include top prizes at the Yellow Springs and Carmel International Chamber Music competitions. He also played in the first violin section of San Francisco Symphony for two seasons. Held in high esteem as a teacher, He takes great pride in his student's achievements. Many of his students have won important competitions including the Astral Artist National Audition, Concert Artist Guild Competition and Menuhin International Violin Competition, and many have soloed with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, China Philharmonic, Korean Broadcasting Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra, while a number have won auditions with local and major orchestras in the States and abroad. As a distinguished Fulbright Senior Specialist, He gives frequent master classes throughout the United States and Asia.
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Described by legendary violinist, Dame Camilla Wicks as "a genuine artist who has boundless imagination" American violinist Wei He has impressed audiences and critics alike with his sensitive interpretations and charismatic performances across North America and abroad. Equally at home as both soloist and chamber musician, Mr. He has performed in such cities include Shanghai, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Manchester, Oslo, Seattle, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and San Francisco, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts.
Wei He has collaborated in chamber music with members of Juilliard Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Francesco Trio and Peabody Trio among others. San Francisco Examiner described his playing as "Spirited and highly appealing…aways considered to the last detail but never forcing itself on the listener's attention" and the Manchester Journal praised his "sensitive chamber playing, musicianship and communication."
A champion of contemporary music, Wei He is credited with many international world-premiere performances and commissions, as well as multimedia collaborative projects and concerts exploring musical connections between West and East. Mr. He co-founded Bridge Chamber Virtuosi (BCV) with principle players of San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. BCV has worked with as well as made premiere recordings of new works by prominent contemporary Chinese American composers such as Chen Yi, Bright Sheng and Lei Liang. BCV served as cultural ambassadors for city of San Francisco with performances at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
Wei He is Artistic Director of San Francisco Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival, an annual international chamber music festival taking places alternatively between the two sister conservatories, San Francisco and Shanghai Conservatories of Music. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Wei He had held residency at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China where he was also invited to give a special recital at the U.S. General Consulate.
Passionate about teaching, Wei He has been a professor of violin at San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1999. Called "A Masterful Teacher" by San Francisco Examiner, students of Wei He have gone on to some of the nation’s top universities and conservatories including Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Colburn School of Music, University of Southern California, Indiana, Rice, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard University. Current and former students are top prizewinners of national and international competitions including Concert Artists Guild and Astral Artists' National Audition in New York City, Jeunesses Intenational Music Competition in Romania, Andrea Postachhin International Violin Competition in Italy, Kocian Internationl Violin Competition in Czech Republic and Menuhin International Violin Competition among others. Moreover, Mr. He's students have given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing Concert Hall and holds residency at chamber music society at Lincoln Center, soloed with symphony orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Many of his students hold positions in major orchestras both in the States and abroad. Mr. He has given numerous master classes and workshops at conservatories and festivals in the United States, Europe and Far East.
Born in Chengdu, China, Wei He came to University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate study. During this period, as violinist of New China Trio, Mr. He has won top prizes from Yellow Spring Chamber Music Competition in Ohio and Carmel Chamber Music Competition in California. New China Trio was accepted as graduate piano trio in residence at San Francisco Conservatory of Music where He obtained his Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Performance. Mr. He joined the first violin section of the renowned San Francisco Symphony Orchestra right after graduating. The performances he had with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has taken him to some of the greatest concert halls in North America and Europe. His major teachers include Chen Wen Yuan, Eugene Gratovich and Camilla Wicks.