Prof. Vera Tsu

Vera Tsu

Soloist, Professor


Violinist Vera Tsu Wei-ling

A renowned violinist of China, Vera Tsu is Professor and Master Tutor of the Central Conservatory in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory. She is a jury member of many prestigious competitions worldwide, has frequently appeared at panels with the most prominent instrumentalists, including Oistrakh Jr., Dumay, Mintz, Repin, Vengerov and Spivakov. Vera Tsu Wei-ling has been continuously invited to the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium (in 2009 and 2012), Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition Poznan (in 2011 and 2016), and The XV Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Moscow in 2015. As a Chinese musician, Ms. Tsu has made the most appearances at the highest level international competitions worldwide. 

An Accomplished Soloist

Vera’s solo appearances include:

  • New York City Symphony

  • New York Symphonic Ensemble

  • Charleston Symphony

  • London Chamber Players

  • Orchestra de Cannes

  • Budapest Radio Orchestra

  • Slovakia Radio Orchestra

  • Hanover Symphony Orchestra

  • Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Hong Kong Philharmonic

  • Singapore Symphony Orchestra

  • China Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Ms. Tsu was invited to give a solo recital at the gala concert of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées 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. On December 11, 2003, Tsu’s solo recital given in the Concert Hall of City Hall in Hong Kong was highly acclaimed by the audience. Tsu has appeared as soloist with world-renowned composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki in the performance of the Beethoven violin concerto on January 27, 2005 at the opening season of the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center which marks her achievement. In October 2007, Ms. Tsu was invited as a distinguished guest by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, held in Deauville in the Basse-Normandie region of France, with attendance of government leaders from many countries, to raise the curtain on the forum with her playing. She was the only musician to enjoy such a special honor.

 Vera Tsu Continues to Perform

On October 18, 2008, Tsu appeared as soloist at the concert “Bernstein Celebration at BMF” at the 11th Beijing Music Festival. Her splendid interpretation of Bernstein’s Serenade won great acclaim from critics as well as audiences including Jamie Bernstein. The concert was broadcast on the giant screen in Times Square in New York City and made a sensation. On June 24 2011, Tsu held a very successful solo recital in the Concert Hall of City Hall of Hong Kong. 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”. 

Vera Tsu’s Fascinating Story

Born in Shanghai, Tsu began studying at the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 1977, as a part of the first-generation of college students after the Cultural Revolution. During the distinguished international violin master Isaac Stern’s the first visit to China in 1979, as a sophomore, Tsu performed for Mr. Stern and was featured in the overwhelming Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Tsu went to the USA in 1980, where she continued her study with Dorothy DeLay and Rafael Bronstein, who was then the only living disciple of violin ancestor Leopold Auer. From November 2000, Tsu was appointed the professor of violin of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. In September 2014, she was appointed Professor of Violin of Shanghai Conservatory. Ms. Tsu has given master classes in the U.S, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout mainland China. At the same time she maintains an active career as both a soloist and a chamber musician on music stages in China and abroad.