Wei He

Artistic Director and Dean of The Tianjin Juilliard School

Wei He Wei He


Graduate Studies, Violin and Chamber Music

Pre-College, Violin

Violinist Wei He has been described by legendary violinist, Dame Camilla Wicks as "a genuine artist who has boundless imagination.” Wei has given critically acclaimed solo and chamber music recitals in Shanghai, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Oslo, Seattle, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Honolulu and San Francisco, among others. Wei He has collaborated in chamber music with members of the Juilliard and Concord String Quartets, the Francesco Piano Trio as well as many international artists. As founding member of the New China Trio, He has won top prizes at 1996 Yellow Spring and Carmel International Chamber Music Competitions. He had played and toured with San Francisco Symphony for two seasons. A champion of contemporary music, Wei He co-founded Bridge Chamber Virtuosi (BCV) with principal players of San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. BCV has worked with as well as recorded new works by prominent contemporary Chinese American composers such as Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, and Lei Liang.

Previously taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music as professor of violin for 17 years and also served as chair of the Strings Department, students of Wei He have won numerous prizes and awards at national and international competitions including Menuhin, Andrea Postacchini, Elmar Oliveria, Schoenfeld and Klein International Competitions, Concert Artists Guild, Astral Artist National Auditions, Fischoff and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions among others. Some students have won distinguished grants such as Avery Fisher Career Grant and held residency at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. His students have performed solo with leading symphony orchestras such as Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, China Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Korean Broadcasting Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra among many others.

He frequently gives master classes at conservatories in Asia including Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing's Central Conservatory, China Conservatory, Seoul National University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. He has also served as Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

He received his early music training from Professor Chen Wen Yuan at the middle school of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. He came to the States for his undergraduate study with Eugene Gratovich at University of Texas at Austin where he also studied chamber music with Paul Olefsky and Heasook Rhee. He finished his graduate studies with Mark Sokol and Camilla Wicks at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.