Fugen Wei, Coach
At the age of nine, Fugen Wei was accepted into the Primary School of the Shanghai Conservatory as a gifted pianist. He made his solo public debut in the “Shanghai Spring Music Festival” at age twelve.
After joining the Shanghai Orchestra in 1979, he was appointed by the Chinese government as the official accompanist for renowned Chinese singers in major international voice competitions in Budapest and Vienna. He has appeared with these prominent vocal artists in recitals on the “Prague Spring Music Festival”, Moscow, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, as well as throughout Germany, Romania, former Yugoslavia and the United States.
After immigrating to the United States in 1986, Mr. Wei served as accompanist in numerous opera workshops and voice studios in New York City, including the studio of the famed voice teacher, Rose Bampton at the Juilliard School, and collaborated regularly in recitals with singers from the Metropolitan Opera in cities such as Paris, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Denver, Houston, Honolulu, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo, and in venues as such Carnegie Hall, Poly Theater of Beijing, and the World Expo organized by the city of Shanghai.
His discography includes the Collection of Art Songs by the Chinese composer Lu Zaiyi, recorded with renowned Chinese singers Dai Yuqiang and Guo Sen, the Complete Art Songs by Ding Shande with Zhang Jianyi, Ying Huang and Liao Changyao, as well as a solo recital album with the baritone Liao Chaoyong.
In 2005 Mr. Wei was the official accompanist for Carlo Bergonzi’s “International Voice Master Class” in Beijing, and the official accompanist for 2013 Beijing International Music Competition "Opera Division". As a “foreign expert and specialist in vocal accompanying”, he joined the voice department faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory in 2006. He has performed in countless state functions of the Chinese government, and participated in important cultural exchange activities and diplomatic events, such as “Chinese Year Gala Concert” in Moscow’s Kremlin Theater hosted by the Chinese and Russian Presidents, and the official reception for President Barack Obama" hosted by President Hu Jintao of China. As an educator he has made a significant contribution to the discovery and nurture of a new generation of young vocal talents in China.