Diyang Mei (viola)
Biography, Audio/Video, Photos, Concerto repertoire, Programmes


“The instantaneous grip, the electrifying playing style throughout, the logical phrasing, the rhythmic stability, and the staggeringly accurate intonation characterized all of Diyang Mei’s performances.”

Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung

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.

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 Günter Pichler, Gerald Schultz, Ana Chumachenco, Sabine Meyer, 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).

Mei’s first solo album is 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 the Hochschule Symphony Orchestra Munich and Marcus Bosch, he performed the A. Schnittke Viola Concerto as his debut at the Gasteig Philharmonie Munich in December of 2019.

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 with Nobuko Imai 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 Giovanni Pistucci instrument from 1890 was provided to him by the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in England.



Concerto repertoire

J.C. Bach

Concerto for Viola in C minor

B. Bartók

Concerto for Viola

B. Britten

Lachrymae Op. 48

M. Bruch

Romance in F major, op. 85

E. Elgar (arr.)

Concerto for Cello in E minor (for Viola)

G.F. Handel

Concerto for Viola in B minor, op.6/12

P. Hindemith

“Der Schwanendreher”, Konzert für Viola & Kammerorchester

F. A. Hoffmeister

Concerto for Viola in D major

J.N. Hummel
Fantasie in E flat major, op.18

Potpourri op.94

W.A. Mozart

Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major K. 364

N. Paganini

Sonate per la Grand Viola

A. Schnittke

Concerto for Viola
Monologue for Viola and Strings

C. Stamitz

Concerto for Viola in D major op.1


A string around autumn

G.Ph. Telemann

Concerto for Viola in G major

W. Walton

Concerto for Viola

C.M. Weber

Andante e rondo Ungarese

C.F. Zelter

Concerto for Viola in E flat major





Program 1

L.v. Beethoven

Nocturne for Viola and Piano in D major Op. 42

H. Vieuxtemps

Sonata  for viola and piano in B flat major


M. de Falla

Siete canciones populares españolas

S. Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet



Program 2

F. Schubert

Sonata in a minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821

P. Hindemith

Sonata Op. 25 no. 4


R. Schumann

Märchenbilder Op. 113

P. Hindemith

Sonata 1939



Program 3

J. Brahms

Sonata in f minor, Op. 120 no. 1

P. Hindemith

Sonata Op. 11 no. 4


B. Martinu

Sonata for viola and piano

J. Brahms

Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120 no. 2



Program 4

J.N. Hummel

Sonata for viola and piano Op. 5 no. 3


Sonata for viola and piano 



Sonata for viola and piano Op. 147



Program 5

Clara Schumann

3 Romances Op. 22

Dobrinka Tabakova

Pirin for solo viola

Dobrinka Tabakova

Suite in Jazz Style for viola and piano


Rebecca Clarke

Morpheus for viola and piano

Rebecca Clarke

Sonata for viola and piano

Encore: Maria Theresia

from Paradise – Siciliene



Program 6

The Gadfly Suite Op. 97a,
arr. by V. BorisovskyShostakovich
selected pieces from 24 Preludes, arr. by E. Strachov


ShostakovichViola Sonata Op. 147


ShostakovichImpromptu (Original for viola and piano)