Professor of Double Bass
127 SOM Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
“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”.
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 Europe debut in Berlin 2010 European Bass Convention and 2012 European Bass Convention in Copenhagen Opera House. Her first CD was recorded with pianist Chao-I Chou and was released on Centaur Records in June, 2008. Wei is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, honors including Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the 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, the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, the Texas International Festival Concerto Competition, two consecutive years the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition on piano, the Academy’s Young Artist and Fine Arts Award, and first prize in the Taiwan National Music Competition.
Wei has appeared at major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Davis Hall, Jordan Hall, Isabella Stewart Garden Museum, Ozawa Hall, Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, National Concert Hall (Taiwan), Izuminomori Hall (Japan). Recent and upcoming performances include the 2013 International Society of Bassist Convention’s featured artist at the Eastman School of Music, her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, the New World Symphony (FL), Penang Symphony Orchestra in Malaysia and solo recitals throughout US and Asia. She has been invited to give performances and/or master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, Ithaca College School of Music, Belize , Panama, Japan Double Bass seminar, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, International Society of Bassist Convention, Taipei University of the Arts, Tunghai University in Taiwan, Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory and Shenyang Conservatory in China, among many. She served as a faculty member of the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, and was a juror for the International Bassist Society Competition in 2003. Wei also served as the string chair of the Louisiana Music Teacher Association, String Tournament Chair of the Baton Rouge Music Teacher Association and organized LSU’s annual Louisiana Bass Fest.
As a chamber musician, Wei has collaborated with artists such as Leon Fleisher, James Buswell, John Gibbson , Joseph Robinson, Denis Brott, James Campbell, Joseph Rouleau, Gabriel Gascon, Rosemarie Landry, Andy Simionescu, James Ehnes, Neal Gripp, Stephane Levesque, and James Sommerville.Her orchestra experience includes serving as principal bassist in the New World Symphony Orchestra (FL) under Michael Tilson Thomas; the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra in Boston. She has participated in several festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto (Italy) and the Pacific Music Festival (Japan). Wei has been featured on the radio and television throughout USA (CBS, WGBH, PBS), Japan’s NHK, Canada’s CBC, Belize and Taiwan.
A native of Taiwan, Wei began playing the piano at age six and the bass at age twelve. She received her Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory in Boston and her Bachelor of Music degree with a Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music- the first bassist to be awarded such a certificate in twenty years. Her teachers include James VanDemark, Lawrence Wolfe, Stuart Sankey, Jeff Turner, Derek Weller, Peter Dominguez and Claudia Chen.