Sharon Wei

woman holding a violinCanadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and guest principal violist throughout North America and Europe and has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Jean Christophe Spinosi and Yuri Termirkanov.

As guest principal violist, Sharon has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Matheus in Paris. She has performed in chamber music settings with musicians including Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Quarrington, James Campbell, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet and has appeared regularly at festivals such as Verbier, Prussia Cove, Banff, and Ravinia.

She has taught at Curtis Summerfest, Port Milford, Tuckamore and at Scotiafestival of Music as violist of the Supernova String quartet. Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council. She has toured under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut and won the viola prize at Yale University.

Sharon was on faculty at Yale and Stanford University and is currently Assistant Professor at Western University in Ontario, where has created a course for performance majors in which students learn off-stage initiatives such as networking, grant writing, website design, and managing finances.