A native of Taiwan, Wei-Ting Kuo has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since his 2014 appointment by Music Director Riccardo Muti. From 2011 to 2014, he served as assistant principal viola of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Kuo began his viola studies at the age of nine, and on completion of army service in Taiwan, came to the United States at the age of twenty-four. While a student, he was invited to perform as part of the Taos Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and the Verbier Festival Academy. His competition experience includes selection as a 2008 finalist in the Primrose International Viola Competition and two awards from the 2009 Tokyo International Viola Competition.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Kuo has performed throughout Asia with violist Nobuko Imai in both capacities. He also has worked with Frank Almond, Nai Yuan Hu, Menahem Pressler, and the Arcas Quartet, in addition to a concerto performance in 2014 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Kuo earned a bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei; a master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music; and an artist diploma from the Colburn School, where he also minored in piano performance. Kuo has studied with Paul Coletti, Hsin-Yun Huang and Yizhak Schotten. He joined DePaul University’s viola faculty in 2017.