LU Wei, a celebrated violinist, is the first concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (‘DSO’), guest concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, concertmaster of the Mutter Virtuosi, founder of the European-Chinese Festival Orchestra. The Yu Art Foundation has lent its top-notch instruments on several occasions to support his solo concerts and music career, including ‘General Dupont’ Stradivari and top Tourte bows.
Lu Wei has performed in numerous concerts and recitals in nearly all the continents worldwide and as a soloist in the world’s most important concert halls - the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sydney Opera House, etc. He has cooperated with maestros such as Dutoit, Eschenbach, Argerich, Midori and Kremer in the Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne Festivals, etc. Lu Wei has also been invited to be the guest concertmasters of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Bayerische Staatsoper, China National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, etc. He has been the concertmaster of the Mutter Virtuosi and performed in numerous concerts in the world tours with Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Lu Wei has made debut concerts in China of many significant works, including Ernst’s ‘Variations on the Last Rose of Summer’, Wachsmann’s ‘Carmen Fantasie’, Hindemith’s Violin Concerto, Strauss’s Violin Concerto, etc., and has recorded ‘Mount E'mei’ and other violin works composed by Mr. Ye Xiaogang and released by Hugo, Naxos, BIS, etc. Lu Wei has also devoted himself to the music education career, holding master classes in China, America, Germany, Japan, Singapore, etc. In 2008, three distinguished Chinese musicians and Lu Wei established the Great Wall String Quartet and they have recorded two reward-winning albums ‘Death and the Maiden’ and ‘Tango’.
At the age of three, Lu Wei received his first violin lesson from his father Lu Zhongfang. Later, he studied with Prof. Wang Zhilong and Prof. Lin Yaoji. In 1997, Anne-Sophie Mutter heard him perform in Beijing and decided to sponsor him as the first youth violinist of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation to study in German. He deepened his studies with Franco Gulli at Indiana University Bloomington, with Herman Krebbers at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Ingolf Turban at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2004, Lu Wei won the position of the first concertmaster of the DSO, becoming the youngest first concertmaster of the top-class orchestra in the world.