Conductor Yi Wei

Yi Wei is a Chinese conductor based in Manchester.

During his conducting career, Yi has conducted professional symphony orchestras and ensembles in the UK and China, such as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, NEW Sinfonia, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland, Orchestra Academia China and People’s Liberation Army of China Symphony Orchestra. He has a keen interest in contemporary music and has appeared in workshops and recording sessions with Manchester’s professional contemporary music ensemble, Psappha. and he has collaborated with leading composers such as Simon Holt, Emily Howard and Bethan Morgan Williams.

Yi has served at the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at the 2021 BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wale as an assistant conductor where he worked with Andrew Manze, Antony Hermus, Ben Gernon, Carlo Goldstein, Julian Rachlin and Clark Rundell.

Yi obtained his postgraduate degree in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the guidance of Mark Heron and Clark Rundell between 2020-2022 where he achieved one the highest final recital ever, and was awarded the Brierley Kershaw Prize. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Conducting from the China Conservatory of Music under the guidance of You-qing Yang.

He had masterclasses with Martin Brabbins at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with Omer Meir Wellber at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with Barry Wordsworth and Jonathan Lo at the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, with Antony Hermus at Opera North, with Mark Elder, Ludovic Morlot and Domingo Hindoyan at RNCM, and with Alexander Polishchuk, Guido Johannes Rumstadt, Shao En, Claire Levacher, Peter Stark and Mark Gibson at the China Conservatory of Music.