SHARON WEI (VIOLA)


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.  She has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Jean Christophe Spinosi and Yuri Termirkanov, and she has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Ensemble Matheus in France.  Sharon has also shared the stage with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Lawrence Lesser, Peter Frankl, Joseph Silverstein, Jonathan Crow, Mark Fewer, Joel Quarrington, James Campbell, James Sommerville and the Amernet and St. Lawrence String Quartet.  Recent appearances with orchestra include concertos with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Southern Utah and the New Music Ensemble at the University of Texas Austin.  Sharon has performed at festivals such as Verbier in Switzerland, Prussia Cove, Bay Chamber in Maine, Marlboro, Norfolk, Banff, Ravinia, Musique de Chamber a Normandie in France, Chamberfest in Ottawa, Agassiz in Winnipeg, Summer Solstice in Edmonton and Tuckamore Festival in Newfoundland.

In 2006, Sharon and pianist Angela Park co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada, which includes violinist Elissa Lee and cellist Rachel Mercer. Ensemble Made in Canada performs in various configurations: sonatas, duos, and quartet repertoire.  The group has commissioned and premiered works by American composer John B. Hedges and Canadian composers John Burge and Christopher Mayo.  Upcoming commissions include works by Canadian composers David Myska and Omar Daniel.  EMIC began as Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University in 2014 coaching chamber music, orchestra sectionals, collaborative musicianship and working with student composers.  The ensemble has toured across Canada and given masterclasses and workshops at many universities and conservatories including University of Toronto, Brandon University, University of Manitoba, Vancouver Academy of Music and Laurier.  Sharon is also the violist in the Supernova String Quartet which is in residence at Scotia Festival in Halifax. Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council. She has toured under the auspices of both Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut.

Sharon has given masterclasses throughout China, the US, and Canada.  She was on the faculty at Yale University and Stanford University and began her appointment as Assistant Professor of Viola at Western University in 2014.  At Western, she has designed a course for performance majors in which students learn important off-stage initiatives such as networking, grant writing, website design, and managing finances.