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Yung-Chiao Wei

“Bass Players with great technique and supreme artistry are non-existent. Well, there are a few exceptions: the legendary Gary Karr, of course, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and now Yung-Chiao Wei, a young, multi-talented female bassist from Taiwan” reads a recent New York Concert Review of Yung-Chiao Wei’s Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. Yung-Chiao Wei was also praised by The Miami Herald as "a two sided-talent - a competition winning pianist turned double bass virtuoso". Through her musical insight, breathtaking virtuosity and personality, Wei combines compelling, artistic performances on the double bass with a magical presence in stage.

Currently Professor of Bass at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Wei is the first female bassist performed a solo recital in the Carnegie Hall. Her Carnegie Hall debut garnered tremendous praise from New York Concert Review Inc. Critic Anthony Aibel, who cited “Wei is a phenomenon”. Her performance of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in A minor elicited another mention of praise; Aible affirmed that “nuance on the double bass is hard to accomplish, but Wei plays with subtlety of dynamics, color and expression one seldom, if ever, hears on the bass”.

Yung-chiao Wei has performed at major concert halls and prestigious summer festivals around the world. She has also given master classes/recitals at major music schools throughout North America, Asia, and made her European debut in Berlin 2010 International Bass Convention. Her awards and honors include Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars from the Louisiana Board of Regents, LSU Tiger Athlete Foundation Teaching Award, Taiwan Young Concert Artist Competition, both the 2nd Prize and Audience prize in the Izuminomori International Double Bass/Cello Competition in Japan, among many. She has served as principal bassist in the New World Symphony Orchestra; the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra in Boston. With generous support from the ATLAS grant, she will release her 2nd CD on her transcriptions of the Elgar Cello Concerto, Brahms 2nd Cello Sonata, and newly commissioned works from award winning composers Ming-hsiu Yen and Matthew Tommasini.