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Wu Wei


The internationally renowned sheng virtuoso Wu Wei represents an artistry that extends far beyond the traditional boundaries of his 3000-year-old instrument, bringing it into the 21st century. The sheng is a mouth organ made of bamboo pipes enclosed in a metal bowl. It sounds like the singing Phoenix bird in Chinese legends: silvery and fleeting like the wind.

The instrument’s endless possibilities in terms of melody, harmony, rhythm, and polyphony have led to many kinds of collaborations. Wu Wei has played both traditional and electronic music, chamber and orchestral music, in jazz bands and baroque ensembles, and in improvisational solo concerts. Several composers have written sheng concertos dedicated to him, including Unsuk Chin and Jukka Tiensuu.

Born in 1970, Wu Wei began his solo career in Shanghai in 1993. Over the past decade, he has performed with world-famous orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Kent Nagano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, and the Sao Paulo Symphony under Marin Alsop. He has also played in renowned ensembles: Holland Baroque, Ensemble intercontemporain, NDR Big Band, among others.

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