Wei-ping Chou has been praised by The New York Times for her “consistent, strong” and “smooth and full” horn playing. Chou was the first and only horn player in Juilliard School history to be awarded the Artist Diploma. A native of Taoyuan, Taiwan, she began playing the horn at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy under Kurt Snyder. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Jerome Ashby, and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman.
Prior to her return to New York in 2011, she was acting assistant principal horn for the San Diego Symphony from 2007 to 2011. As an active freelancer in New York City, she performed regularly with orchestras and chamber groups, such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, The Knights, Wind Soloists of New York, The Metropolis Ensemble, The Decoda Ensemble, and Genghis Barbie. She can be heard in their newest album, Amp It Up. As a chamber musician, she spent many of her summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and performs on Musicians from Marlboro tours.
Chou currently holds the second horn position with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra.