Meet The Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Viola

Wei-Ting Kuo

Viola

A native of Taiwan, Wei-Ting Kuo has served as Assistant Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2014. He began his viola studies at the age of nine. He quickly gained recognition after winning first prize in the Taiwan Viola Competition at age eleven, and he attracted critical attention as the first violist to win first prizes in the Hsing-Tien-Gong String Competition, the Young Artist Showcase String Competition, and the National Taiwan Normal University String Competition. He was awarded and recognized as the 'Most Promising Young Musician' by the members of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra.

Kuo came to the United States at age 24, having completed his army service in Taiwan. While a student, he was invited to the Taos Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Verbier Festival Academy. He was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition; he also was a prizewinner at the 2009 Tokyo International Viola Competition, where he additionally received a special prize for the best interpretation.

Kuo is also an active soloist and chamber musician. He was invited to join Nobuko Imai's Asia tour in both capacities. He has appeared with musicians such as Frank Almond, Nai Yuan Hu, Menahem Pressler, and the Arcas Quartet. Kuo also has concerto performances scheduled with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

Kuo holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School, an MM from Mannes College, and a BM from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. He has studied with Paul Coletti, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Yizhak Schotten in the United States.

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