Diyang Mei

credit Frank Bauer

Ever since violist Diyang Mei’s brilliant success at the 2018 ARD International Music Competition, winning first prize in the viola category, the Audience Prize and several special prizes, he has been steadily furthering his international career.

Mei’s first solo album will be released by Genuin in the fall of 2019. He devotes the album to the genre twins, Chaconne and Passacaglia, with works by Bach, Biber, Hindemith, Britten and Ligeti. Together with Lena Neudauer, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Christoph Poppen ,he will make his debut at the Cologne Philharmonie in October of 2019.

As a soloist, Diyang Mei has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the SWR Festival Schwetzingen, the Schwarzwald Music Festival and the Mozartfest in Würzburg. He has performed with Lena Neudauer, Günter Pichler, Maximilian Hornung, Gerald Schultz, Ana Chumachenco, Christoph Prégardien, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Wenn Sinn Yang, Martin Ostertag, Dag Jensen, Andrea Lieberknecht and Nobuko Imai, among others. Diyang Mei has held the position of principal viola of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra since the fall of 2019.

He was awarded first prizes at the 52nd International Instrumental Competition for Viola in Markneukirchen (2017), at the International Max Rostal Music Competition for Viola in Berlin (2015), at the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis for Strings in Munich (2015), at the IVC Young Artist Competition in Rochester (2012), at the 19th International Johannes Brahms Viola Competition in Austria (2012) and at the 10th International Viola and Cello Competition in Villa de Llanes, Spain (2008).

Diyang Mei has studied with Hariolf Schlichtig at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since 2014 and as of October 2019, will continue his studies at the Kronberg Academy. He is supported by both the Yu Art Foundation in China and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and is also a Yehudi Menuhin LMN e.V. scholarship holder. His Ansaldo Poggi instrument from 1963 was provided to him by the Chinese Yu Art Foundation.

Since 2019 he has been the principal viola of the Munich Philharmonic.


As of January 2020