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Xue Wei

Described as "a devastating performer, combining formidable technical prowess with great breadth and variety of expression" by The Guardian, Xue Wei won the silver medal at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, the Sonata prize and Orchestra and Audience prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and was voted the LPO/ Pioneer UK Young Soloist of the Year in 1986. Born in China, Xue Wei was also the winner of the China National Violin Competition in 1981, the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 1982 and also the Japan International Music Competition in 1983.

Xue Wei has recorded for ASV, RCA and Elite. His recent releases were chosen as “Record of the Month” in a number of publications and received high acclaims. “I was absolutely riveted by this performance and cannot recall having heard this work played so well or so memorably either on record or in concert.” (Classic CD - Tchaikovsky) “Xue Wei's expressive power and dramatic conviction outshine Kennedy strongly." (Gramophone - Brahms/ Mendelssohn) His recording of Strauss and Headington Violin Concertos was nominated in the Brits Awards and was described by Gramophone as "played with panache and deep musical integrity by one of the outstanding violinists of our time".

Xue Wei started his violin study at eight, entered the music middle school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory at 14 and the Central Conservatory at 19. In 1985, with the assistance of the Lord Mayor of London and sponsored by the Midland Bank and Kleinwort Benson, Xue Wei furthered his study at the Guildhall School of Music under the instruction of Yfrah Neaman. In 1989, when he was only 26, he became the youngest, and the first Chinese professor at the Royal Schools of Music.

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