Born in Taiwan and raised in California, violist Sifei Cheng joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995. He has served as principal viola of the Charleston Symphony, New World Symphony and Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and he has led sections under conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Alexander Schneider, Eiji Oue and Christoph Eschenbach.
As a chamber musician, Cheng has performed at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and New York String Seminar. He has played in many of the Minnesota Orchestra’s chamber concerts, performing with artists such as Andrew Litton, Joshua Bell and Pamela Frank. He has also collaborated with Alicia de Larrocha and the Shanghai String Quartet. In addition to his duties here, he is also a member of The Isles Ensemble, a chamber group based in the Twin Cities.
Sifei holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and has also studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His past teachers include William Kennedy, Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree, and he has worked with Samuel Rhodes, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Alan de Veritch as well as members of the Tokyo String Quartet and the American String Quartet.