Wu Wei is an avant-garde Sheng soloist. He has helped to develop this four thousand's years old ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of newtechniques, expanding the new repertories and integrating different styles and genres.
Wu Wei studied the Sheng at the Shanghai Conservatory and was a soloist with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra before studying at the Hanns Eisler Academy with a DAAD scholarship in Berlin, where he is now based.In addition to many prestigious national and international competitions for traditional Chinese music, he won the Musica Vitale Competition, Germany, in 1996 and 2002 and the Global Root folk prize in 2004. In 2011 he won the Herald Angels Award by Edinburgh International Festival.
Since 1996 he has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestras under Kent Nagano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gusta vo Dudamel, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chun, and many others….
He has appeared at the Berliner Festspiele, the Munich Bienale, the Edinburgh international festival, the Donaueschingen Musik Tage, the Musica Viva Munich, the Dresdener Festspiele,the Warsaw Autumn, the Suntory music Festival Tokyo, the Bartók Festival Hungarian, the Achipel Festival Geneve, the Cologne Triennal, the Holland Festival, Festival les Musiques Marseille etc., and at the Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the User Hall, Edinburgh, and the Theatre Du Chatelet Paris etc.
His international engagements include appearances throughout the USA, Europe, Russia and the Middle and Far East, and he has given the world premieres of more than 150 works (including ten concertos for Sheng and Orchestra), by composers including John Cage, Unsuk Chin, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Joerg Widmann, Guus Janssen, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, Guo Weijing and Ruo Huang. He is also a prolific composer for Sheng.