Canadian violist Sharon Wei is a dynamic and varied musician, establishing herself as one of the most respected violists on the scene today. Sharon has been the recipient of grants through the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and has toured under the auspices of Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. She has been guest principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Verbier Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Matheus in Paris. Sharon has performed chamber music with musicians including Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, St Lawrence Quartet, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell, and Peter Wiley and will perform on a National Musicians from Marlboro tour this season. She appears frequently at festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro Music, Seattle Chamber, Banff, Festival of the Sound, Chamberfest and Ravinia. She is a regular faculty member at Curtis Summerfest, Tuckamore Festival, Port Milford and at Scotia Festival of Music.
Sharon co-founded Ensemble Made in Canada, winner of a CBC rising stars award, EMIC has performed and taught across Canada. They are strong advocates of new music and have premiered works by John Burge, Christopher Mayo, John B Hedges, and Omar Daniel. Their recent Mosaïque Project celebrated 14 new works that will be performed in every Canadian province and territory over two years.
Sharon was on faculty at Yale and Stanford University and is currently Associate Professor at Western University. She has created a course for performance majors in which students learn off-stage initiatives such as networking, grant writing, website design, time management and finances.