Wei Shen-fu

Wei Shen-fu is the Assistant Principal Sheng at the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. A native of Hsin Chu, Taiwan, Wei graduated from the NTUA with a degree in Chinese Music under the tutelage of Jen Yen-Ping and Cheng Chien-Na. He later also benefitted from the coaching of many virtuosi such as Tang Fu, Tang Dazhi, Chen Yi-Wei and Dong Ying. He gave his solo recital in 2018 before he joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the same year.

Wei is a winner of many prizes and accolades: while he was still in high school, he won the first prize with Distinction in the Taiwan Music Competition, was awarded the title ‘The Pride of Taoyuan’ by the City of Taoyuan, and was invited to appear in an interview on the education radio of Taiwan; other prizes include ‘Budding Artist of the NTCH Taipei’, and the Gold Award in both categories of sheng and keyed sheng in the 2016 ‘HongFuBei’ International Art Festival – Chinese Sheng, held in Beijing, China;  and the first prize in the Sheng Solo (Advanced Section), Taiwan District, of the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival. In April 2021, he was invited to perform in the concerto Winter Hunt and a sheng solo Jin Melody at the live streamed concert, Improvise!, jointly organized by the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). It was followed by the HKBU Symphony Orchestra Concert in July the same year where he gave the world premiere of the sheng concerto Winter Hunt – symphony version.

In 2019, Wei performed with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival programme, Meeting across Nine Millennia of Time, on which occasion he gave the premiere of Three Variations on a Plum Blossom Melody. It was followed by HKCO’s One Hundred Chinese Music Classics Select II - A Musical Sojourn of Indigenous China, in which he performed the third movement Life on the Plateau of Love of the Lusheng on the lusheng. In 2018, he played the third and fourth movements of Princess Wencheng on the traditional sheng with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan in their concert series, The Straits Exchange Series – Chinese Music Capriccio IX. In 2016, he gave a solo performance of Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on a 42-pipe sheng and another solo performance of First Time on bass sheng in the concert ‘Sizu’ and ‘Sheng’ respectively. As composer, Wei has written a sheng solo Animato, and arranged I Want Your Love, The Flower Drums of China and Stalward.