Weiyi Shao head shot

Weiyi Shao

Instrument: Violin

Education: Pursuing Master of Music from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Hometown: Daqing, China

Joined the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program in 2018

Current playlist: Haydn String Quartet, Brahms symphonies, anthems, or hymns, and Tchaikovsky’s symphonies.

Favorite food: My mom’s cooking!

Hobbies: Reading books, and writing journals.

More About Shao

Born in Daqing, China, Weiyi Shao began studying the violin at age five. She attended the Middle School of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, where she was concertmaster of the school orchestra as a student of Professor Tong Mu. She came to the U.S. in 2011 with a full scholarship to the Texas Christian University (TCU), where she earned a bachelor of music degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Curt Thompson, Swang Lin and Michael Shih.

During her studies at TCU, Shao received numerous awards and prizes, including the Modena Rogers Clark Spitler Violin Scholarship in 2013 and the Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Society Award in 2014. In 2015, she was a Strings Department Winner of TCU’s annual Concerto Competition. She has also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a pupil of Naoko Tanaka, and performed in master classes given by Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Gary Levinson and Midori.  Since 2013, she has been a member of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in Texas.

Currently, Weiyi is pursuing a Master of Music degree at CCM as a student of Professor Won-Bin Yim.