Chinese flutist Wei Zhao has a rich musical life. As a soloist, she has won two professional level competitions for all of China, and participated in the Prague Spring International Music Festival competition. As chamber musician, she won many significant competitions with her woodwind quintet, and as principal flute in professional orchestras, she has played a wide repertoire. She has played with orchestras such as the National Ballet of Moscow, the China Film Philharmonic, the Peking Sinfonietta, the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, and the Juilliard Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra, and with luminaries such as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Lang Lang, Tan Dun, and others. In 2016, she performed with Edison Ruiz, the youngest bass player in the Berlin Philharmonic. In August of 2017, she started the flute duo “Duo Zonda,” with a debut performance at the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Wei has been teaching flute and woodwind techniques over 10 years. She is currently on the faculty of the Newton Chinese Language School, and for Discover Melody online courses. She has taught at the Kennedy Longfellow School in Cambridge, MA, and the Chinese Musicians Association, for which organization she has recorded instructional videos on the performance of important flute masterworks. She also taught at the British School of Beijing for two years, and at Beijing’s No. 2 High School for five years. In 2016, Wei Zhao earned her master's degree in flute performance from the Longy School of Music at Bard College, with flute professor Marco Granados. She also has a flute master degree with full scholarship from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Currently, she performs regularly with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, Juventas Music Ensemble. She has performed at Berklee College of Music, and Middlesex Community College.