Professor Hong-Mei Xiao is the first-prize winner of the Geneva International Music Competition. Her musical integrity and her virtuoso technique have gained accolades from reviewers around the world.
A recipient of the coveted Patek Philippe Grand Prize, Ms. Xiao has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East. She appeared as soloist with North German Radio Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic among others. As an United States Artistic Ambassador she toured extensively in Eastern Europe. Her performances and featured interviews were broadcast on television and radio internationally, and her concert recording of Frank Martin's Ballade for Viola and Orchestra was heard on over five hundred radio stations worldwide. Ms. Xiao is the first violist to record both the original and newly revised versions of the Bartok Viola Concerto. This recording with the Budapest Philharmonic has won high international critical acclaim since its release by Naxos and Marco-polo. As an active chamber music performer, she has collaborated with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Silverstein and Cho-Liang Lin.
Ms. Xiao, who graduated with highest honors from the Shanghai Conservatory, earned a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Previously, she served as principal violist of the Minnesota Orchestra, as a faculty member at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.
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