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Wei D.
Glenview, Illinois
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Good habits and an excellent attitude make great cellists. It doesn't hurt to love music too. I love music and I love to share my passion with my students. Having a teacher who is an experienced performer is an important quality in a teacher. I am a professional classical musician currently working as a freelance cellist in the Chicago area. I play with Chicago Philharmonic, the Northbrook Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, among others. Before coming to Chicago I played for 13 seasons with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. I have taught privately for over 10 years including 2 years in Paris. My teaching is a reflection of my teacher, Phillippe Muller. I studied with Msr. Muller while studying at the Paris Conservatory. Msr. Muller is currently a Professor of Cello at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
About Wei D.

Even though I have been teaching and performing on the cello for most of my life, it's not all there is to who I am. I am a chef (almost--12 weeks to go), a mom, a wife. I have a cute little Tibetan Terrier that loves visitors. My husband and I love hiking in beautiful places. Studying with me will be fun but it will also be challenging. I believe that being able to make music with your own two hands is worth the effort.

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Wei is a phenomenal teacher. I've had 5 lessons so far, and in that short time she's far exceeded my expectations. She's very good at both diagnosing problems and consistently providing a diversity of effective ways to overcome them. She has high expectations and always balances pushing me to be better with a lot of positive reinforcement; I'm never made to feel any pressure at all, but I still feel I can go very far in my cello playing with Wei's sage guidance. I'm truly ecstatic to continue studying with Wei!

Posted Sep 7, 2021
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Lovely introductory session! Looking forward to our next lesson. Excited about my homework! lol

Posted Aug 29, 2020

Wei , is an excellent teacher, She gave me really helpful practical suggestions and tips how to practice my bowing technique and it greatly improved my tone and made it easier to play and more fun too ! Thank you Wei ,you are a fantastic teacher!!

Posted May 21, 2019
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Experience
Section Cellist
Sep 2017 - Present
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
Substitute Musician
Mar 2017 - Present
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Section Cellist
Sep 2015 - Present
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra
Section Cellist
Sep 2014 - Present
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
Section Cellist
Sep 2000 - Jun 2013
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Principal Cello
Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
Orchestre International de Paris
Education
Artist Diploma
Sep 1996 - Jun 1997
Paris Conservatory of Music
First Prize Diploma, Music Analysis
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996
National Superior Conservatory of Music, Paris
First Prize Diploma in Chamber Music and Cello Performance
Sep 1989 - Jun 1994
Paris Conservatory of Music
Artist Diploma
Sep 1981 - Jun 1988
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing China
Languages
English
Professional Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
Mandarin
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Awards
Winner
Jun 1991
Douai International Cello Competition, Douai France
First Prize
Jun 1985
First National Cello Competition of China, Beijing
Affiliations
American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2000
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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