Vera Tsu Wei Ling
Born in Shanghai, Tsu wei Ling entered the Central Conservatory of Beijing in 1977, where she studied with Lin Yaoji and became the first-generation of college students after the Cultural Revolution. In 1979, she performed for international maestro Isaac Stern and was featured in the overwhelming Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China”. Tsu wei Ling went to the USA in 1980, where she continued her studies with Dorothy DeLay and Rafael Bronstein, a disciple of violin ancestor Leopold Auer.
In 1993, Tsu wei Ling 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. She has also performed with orchestras such as the New York City Symphony, the London Chamber Players, the Orchestra Régional de Cannes, and the Hanover Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, Tsu wei Ling appeared as a soloist with composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki in the performance of the Beethoven violin concerto at the opening season of the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. In 2007, Ms. Tsu wei Ling was honoured with an invitation by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, held in France and attended by government leaders from several countries, to be the only artist to raise the curtain on the forum with her playing.
In October 2008, Tsu wei Ling appeared as a soloist at the 11th Beijing Music Festival. Her splendid interpretation of Bernstein’s Serenade, broadcast on the giant screen in Times Square in New York City, won her great acclaim from critics as well as audiences, including the very Jamie Bernstein.
Tsu wei Ling’s recording of the Korngold and Goldmark violin concerti was warmly acclaimed by the critics. BBC Music Magazine stated that the artist “proves a big-toned player with considerable fire….She plays with character, verve and heart.”
Frequently invited to the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium and to many prestigious competitions worldwide, she has shared panels with the most prominent instrumentalists, such as Oistrakh Jr., Dumay, Mintz, Repin, Vengerov and Spivakov. Vera Tsu wei Ling was a juror in the First International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires.
For more than a decade, Ms Tsu wei Ling has been a teacher and tutor at the Beijing Central Conservatory, while she keeps a very active career as a soloist and chamber performer on stages all over the world. In July 2009 she made her debut with her own trio. Since 2011 she has toured the main cities in China with Maestro Shlomo Mintz.