Violist HONG-MEI XIAO was the first-prize winner of the Geneva International Music Competition. Her extraordinary artistry and brilliant virtuoso technique have gained accolades from critics across the globe. The Geneva Tribune heralded her performance as "overwhelmingly masterful." The Sunday Telegraph praised her recording as "extraordinary technically and expressively," and the Ha'aretz lauded "The soloist Hong-Mei Xiao was wondrous."
A recipient of the coveted Patek Philippe Grand Prize, Hong-Mei Xiao has made an international career as a soloist with performances in major concert halls and with orchestras of great distinction throughout the world. She was honored as a United States Artistic Ambassador. She is also the featured soloist in the Naxos world premiere recording of the revised and the original versions of the Bartok Viola Concerto, which has won international critical acclaim since its release. Her CD with the Budapest Symphony of Complete Works for Viola and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch has received the “Critic’s Choice Award," which praised her performance as “The solo playing is spectacular on all counts.”
Ms. Xiao’s new CD of Works for Viola and Orchestra by English Composers was released by Delos in November of 2017. It features the world premiere of Viola Concerto by William Walton (2002 edition), Suite for Viola and Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra by Arnold Bax.
Recent performance highlights for Ms. Xiao include concerts in Europe, South America, Asia and the U.S. with an appearance at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City.