Born in 1970 in the Chinese province Jiangsu, Wu Wei has been living since 1995 in Berlin. After studying the Chinese mouth-organ sheng at the famous music conservatory of Shanghai as a master-pupil, he was awarded a DAAD grant in 1995 to study in Berlin at the music college Hans Eisler. Since then he has extended his musical horizon and his musical idiom on the sheng, which is more than 3000 years old, as well as on the lusheng, the erhu and the gezheng.
Though he grew up with classical Chinese music, Wu Wei is equally interested in music modern and improvised - in influences from jazz, new music and minimal music. He has opened up further worlds of timbre for new music in the west, and has opened up new dimensions for music on traditional Chinese instruments.
He has played at countless festivals and with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic under Kent Nagano and the Westphalian New Philharmonic under GMD Samuel Bächli. He has also played with the Atlas Ensemble of Holland, with the Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, with the Ensemble Musica Viva of Dresden and with Dresden´s Ensemble MUSICA TEMPORALE. From 1998 to 2003 he played in more than 30 premières of new music, ranging from John Cage via Enjott Schneider and Helmut Zapf to Christian Utz.
Besides winning prizes for traditional Chinese music in his homeland he won the first prize in the world music competition Musica Vitale in Berlin and Brandenburg in 1996 and 2002.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
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The New Sound Experience
(20 January 04 - 29 January 04)