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.
Ms. Xiao was honored as a United States Artistic Ambassador. She is also the featured soloist in the Naxos world premiere recording of the original and revised versions of the Bartok Viola Concerto, which has won rave critical reviews worldwide. Her CD with the Budapest Symphony of Complete Works for Viola and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch has received the “Critic’s Choice Award” from American Record Guide, which praised her performance with “The solo playing is spectacular on all counts.” Ms. Xiao’s newest CD, released by Delos to international critical acclaim, is Works for Viola and Orchestra by English Composers.
Recent performance highlights for Ms. Xiao include concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.