Violist Sifei Cheng joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995. He has served as principal of the Charleston Symphony, New World Symphony, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan, New York String Orchestra and The Juilliard Symphony. He has led sections under Michael Tilson Thomas, Alexander Schneider, Eiji Oue and Christoph Eschenbach, among others.
As a festival performer, he has played at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and the New York String Seminar. Some of his past coaches include Michael Tree, Samuel Rhodes, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Alan de Veritch, Tokyo String Quartet, and the American String Quartet. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Alicia de Larrocha and the Shanghai String Quartet.
Sifei holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His past teachers include Karen Tuttle, Michael Tree and William Kennedy. Off the stage, he enjoys traveling and photography.
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