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. He has led sections under Michael Tilson Thomas, Alexander Schneider, Eiji Oue and Christoph Eschenbach.
As a chamber music performer, Sifei has played at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and the New York String Seminar. Some of his past coaches include Michael Tree, Samuel Rhodes, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Alan de Veritch, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the American String Quartet. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Alicia de Larrocha and the Shanghai String Quartet. He currently plays with The Musical Offering in St. Paul.
Sifei holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. His past teachers include Karen Tuttle, Michael Tree and William Kennedy.