Vera Tsu Wei-ling
A renowned violinist of China. Professor and Master tutor of the Central Conservatory in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory. Jury member of many prestigious competitions worldwide, frequently appeared at panels with the most prominent instrumentalists, such as Oistrakh Jr., Dumay, Mintz, Repin, Vengerov and Spivakov, to name but a few. Vera Tsu Wei-ling has been continuously invited to the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium (in 2009 and 2012), Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition Poznan (in 2011 and 2016), The XV Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Moscow in 2015, and is invited to be the Co-Chairman of the Jury Committee of Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2016. By far in China, Ms. Tsu holds the most appearances at the highest level international competitions worldwide.
As a soloist, Vera Tsu Wei-ling has appeared the orchestras including the New York CitySymphony, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Charleston Symphony, London Chamber players, the Orchestra de Cannes, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Slovakia Radio Orchestra, the Hanover Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Tsu was invited to give a solo recital at the gala concert of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1993. In October 1998, Tsu was featured as soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and on tour in China. On December 11, 2003, Tsu’s solo recital given in the Concert Hall of City Hall in Hong Kong was highly acclaimed by the audience. Tsu has appeared as soloist with world-renowned composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki in the performance of the Beethoven violin concerto on January 27, 2005 at the opening season of the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center which marks her achievement. In October 2007, Ms. Tsu’ was invited as a distinguished guest by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, held in Deauville in the Basse-Normandie region of France, with attendance of government leaders from many countries, to raise the curtain on the forum with her playing. She was the only musician to enjoy such a special honor. On October 18, 2008, Tsu appeared as soloist at the concert “Bernstein Celebration at BMF” at the 11th Beijing Music Festival. Her splendid interpretation of Bernstein’s Serenade won great acclaim from critics as well as audiences including Jamie Bernstein. The concert was broadcast on the giant screen in Times Square in New York City and made a sensation. On June 24 2011, Tsu held a very successful solo recital in the Concert Hall of City Hall of Hong Kong.
Tsu’s recording of the Korngold and Goldmark violin concerti was warmly acclaimed by the music media: “Tsu’s performances come near enough to the top of their respective rosters to earn a very high recommendation,” by Fanfare Magazine’s reviewer. BBC Music Magazine, meanwhile, proclaimed that Tsu “proves a big-toned player with considerable fire…she plays with character, verve and heart.” “Technically and temperamentally, Tsu is an excellent violinist,” commented Soundscapes Magazine, Australia, while the Strad launched her “consistently warm-toned and leisurely” performance. Her rendition of the Korngold concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 1997/1998 season was also hailed by the Hong Kong Standard as a “world-class performance”.
Born in Shanghai, Tsu got in the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 1977, and became the first-generation of college students after the Cultural Revolution. During the distinguished international violin master Isaac Stern’s the first visit to China in 1979, as a sophomore, Tsu performed for Mr. Stern and was featured in the overwhelming Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Tsu went to the USA in 1980, where she continued her study with Dorothy DeLay and Rafael Bronstein, who was then the only living disciple of violin ancestor Leopold Auer. From November 2000, Tsu has been appointed the professor of violin of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. And from the September, 2014, she has been appointed the professor of violin of Shanghai Conservatory. Ms. Tsu has given master class in the U.S, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout the mainland China. At the same time she maintains an active career as both a soloist and a chamber musician on music stages in China and abroad.