Vera Tsu Wei-ling has established herself as a leading young violinist of international standing. A native of Shanghai, she began studying the violin with her father, Tsu Chi Peng, a noted teacher in China and Hong Kong. Later she received a very strict professional training in China following with leading music educators Li Mozheng and Lin Yaoji.
While a student at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Ms. Tsu’ playing was highly appraised by Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhim and Seiji Ozawa during their visit in China. Isaac Stern praised her as “an outstanding young virtuoso” and chose her to play with him in the award-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. 20 years later, while Stern was invited to appear the closing concert of the 1999 Beijing Music Festival, she was invited to perform with Stern and the other two prodigies discovered together by the Maestro. This historical event made a stir in the music field and was recorded in a documentary film named From Mao to Mozart – A Sequel after 20 Years.
In 1980, Tsu went to pursue her further study at the Julliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in the USA, where she was under the direction of Dorothy Delay and Rafael Bronstein. After becoming the laureate of at the Manoque International Young Artists Competition in 1981, she went on to triumph in other competitions, including Waldo Mayo Talent Award and the Artists International competition. The New York Times praised her as “an accomplished young artist” after her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1984.
Tsu was the first Mainland Chinese violinist in her generation to have appeared as a soloist at both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. As a soloist, She has appeared the orchestras including the New York City Symphony, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the New York Senior Concert Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Slovakia Radio Orchestra, the Hanover Symphony Orchestra, the West Deutsche Radio Symphony Orchestra, the China Central Philharmonic Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She was also invited to give a solo recital at the gala concert of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris in 1993. In October 1998, Tsu was featured as soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and on tour in China.
Tsu’s recording of the Korngold and Goldmark violin concerti was warmly acclaimed by the music media: “Tsu’s performances come near enough to the top of their respective rosters to earn a very high recommendation,” by Fanfare Magazine’s reviewer. BBC Music Magazine, meanwhile, Proclaimed that Tsu “Proves a big-toned player with considerable fire…she plays with character, verve and heart.” “Technically and temperamentally, Tsu is an excellent violinist,” commented Soundscapes Magazine, Australia, while the Strad launched her “consistently warm-toned and leisurely” performance. Her rendition of the Korngold concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 1997/1998 season was also hailed by the Hong Kong Standard as a “world-class performance”.
Tsu was invited as soloist to appear with the London Chamber players and the Orchestra de Cannes both in China and Europe. Tsu’s most recent solo recital given in the Concert Hall of City Hall in Hong Kong was highly acclaimed by the audience.
She was the first associate concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993 to 2000 season. From November 2000, she has been appointed the professor of violin of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Tsu has appeared as soloist with world renowned composer, conductor Christopher Penderecki in the performance of the Beethoven violin concerto in the early 2005 at the opening season of the Shanghai Culture Arts Center which marks her achievement.
Tsu is invited by many prestigious competitions as jury member worldwide. In the year 2005 Tsu has attended Sion Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland. In June 2007, she will attend the International Violin Competition in Monte-Carl, Monaco.She is also invited by the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels 2009