Wei Yu was appointed principal cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2014 by then music director Leonard Slatkin. He made his subscription debut performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in November 2015 and has since appeared as soloist almost every season. Before joining the DSO, Yu was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons. An avid chamber musician, Yu has been invited to the Marlboro, Ravinia, Great Lakes and Mainly Mozart music festivals, and has recently collaborated with musicians including cellist Carter Brey and David Soyer; pianists Richard Goode and Menahem Pressler; violinists Augustin Hadelich, Midori and Pinchas Zukerman; and members of the Guarneri, Emerson and Juilliard quartets. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he made regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall. 


  • BM, North Park University
  • MM, The Juilliard School

Teaching Experience

  • Northwestern Bienen School of Music
  • Interlochen Arts Camp
  • Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival
  • National Youth Orchestra