Ni Mei joined the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra as fourth chair second violin in 2009. She came to the CSO from the
Detroit Symphony, where she previously was a member of the first violin
section. A native of China, Mei began playing violin at the age of 6. Her first
teacher was her father, concertmaster and later music director of the Wuhan
Symphony Orchestra. At 10 years old, she entered the Shanghai Conservatory of
Music, where she studied for 11 years under Duoqin Xu, Shisheng Zheng and Zhinuo
Ni Mei came to the United States to
continue her violin studies at Pittsburg State University and at Rice
University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. During her years of study,
she won Pittsburg State’s Concerto-Aria Competition, the Waddill Chamber Music
Competition, and first prize in the Young Texas Artists Competition. She also
was concertmaster of the Southeast Kansas Orchestra, associate concertmaster of
the Ohio Light Opera and a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
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