Yi Wei 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 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 Yang You-qing.
Wei 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. He has collaborated with leading composers such as Simon Holt, Emily Howard, Bethan Morgan Williams, Ben Gaunt etc.
Wei has assisted in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the 2021 BBC Proms, and worked with Andrew Manze, Antony Hermus, Ben Gernon, Carlo Goldstein, Julian Rachlin and Clark Rundell. 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.