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Ji Wei (吉炜), As a renowned Chinese Guzheng musician and Professor and postgraduate tutor of music at the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Ms. Ji Wei has gained high praise for her remarkable performance technique and musical expression. She has held nearly 100 solo concerts at home and abroad in such concert halls as the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Chinese National Theatre for the Performing Arts, LA FANICE Opera, Zurich Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw, Radio City and Iceland Harper Concert Hall. She has collaborated with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, The American Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The China NCPA Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orchestra of the Netherlands, Switzerland NEC Orchestra, Netherlands ATLAS modern orchestra, and Le Concert Spirituel, the Baroque orchestra in Franch，Orchestra of the Age in France，Caput Ensemble in Iceland and among others. She has also performed in solos at the Venice International Music Festival, BBC Music Festival, International Music Festival Buxtehude in Hamburg in Germany, contemporary music festival DDMF Iceland, French Belfort International Music Festival, Swiss Corbak Music Festival, International Arts Festival Europalia, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music New Music Week, Beijing International Modern Music Week, Sino-France Cultural Year Opening Ceremony Concert, the National Theatre Festival Opening Concert, and the concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the E.U. and the Royal Danish concert etc.
Ms. Ji Wei has published dozens of solo CD albums, solo live concert DVDs and some DVDs for teaching purposes. She has been awarded as China’s Golden Record of Best Performer (the first and only player to receive this award as Guzheng musician). She is also the first guzheng musician to record for the Deutsche Grammophon- Gesellschaft.
Ms. Ji Wei is dedicated to exploring new opportunities to bring Guzheng onto the modern, international stage. She has produced many works combining the guzheng with other western instruments, creating new musical styles and adding depth to the repertoire of the guzheng. For her innovation and efforts in this field, the Hong Kong magazine Jessica named her one of “The Most 10 Successful Women of 2009”. Ji Wei is not only active on the world music stage, but also in the charity work. She served as a “Charity Ambassador” for the China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation. To help aspiring guzheng players, she has compiled dozens Guzheng performing textbooks and frequently delivers master classes. For her efforts and positive reviews from her students, she was honored with an “Excellence in Teaching” awarded by CCOM.
Ji Wei’s innovation in music and continuing commitment to education make her modern pioneer in the art of Chinese Guzheng.