Chen Yi-Wei

Chen Yi-Wei


Chen Yi-wei is currently the Sheng Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He is a native of Taichung, Taiwan. He was a multiple winner of sheng solo (junior and youth classes) in music competitions in Taiwan. 


He later graduated, respectively, from the National School of Arts (now the National Taiwan University of Arts) with a sheng major and the College of Human Ecology of the Shih Chien University in Taipei with a piano major. His teachers included many virtuosi in Chinese and Western music - Kuo Hsiu-Jung, Chang Ching-Lung, Zhu Daming and Tsai Pei-Chen. 


As a seasoned performing artist, Chen has been active on the concert stage with his sheng and piano performances. In 2012, at the invitation of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, he gave the world premiere of the sheng concerto, Music for Gourd, in the ‘Huichang Yan & TCO’ concert at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall in November. The work was written specifically for him by the renowned composer, Chung Yiu-kwong. Then in December, he played the sheng and the piano at the concert featuring sheng, percussion and installation art, Winter Solstice • Farewell to the Sun, curated by the Hong Kong composer, Ng King-pan. Several of his own compositions were also premiered on the occasion. In February 2013, he performed the Hong Kong premiere of Music for Gourd at the HKCO’s concert ‘Music About China VII’, which was part of the programme of the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival. In March 2015, Chen performed the full score at the professional conducting course of the HKCO’s conducting master class. Later in November that year, he curated the first sheng ensemble concert for the HKCO, ‘Sheng Clusters’. Apart from performing the sheng himself, he also premiered several of his new compositions and arrangements to critical acclaim. In the HKCO concert ‘Music Styles of Virtuosi North and South’ held in April 2016, Chen gave the Hong Kong premiere of the Chinese orchestral arrangement of the sheng concerto, Solar Planet. He reprised the role of curator for the sheng ensemble concert, ‘Resonating Reeds – Shengs and Pipes from Around the World’ in October that year, and released several of his arrangements and original works on that occasion. In June 2017, he was a member of the sheng ensemble playing Rainbow at the concert, ‘The Lustrous Pearl - In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR’. In March 2018, he performed the sheng concerto, Ambush on All Sides, with the HKCO at the concert ‘Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and the Terra Cotta Warrirors’, a programme of the 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival.