Violinist Jennifer Wey is the Assistant Concertmaster and currently youngest member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, joining in 2013. A native of San Jose, California, Jennifer began her musical studies at age three as part of the Suzuki Program. In a few short years, she was invited to perform for governor Gray Davis at the state capital, and at the Closing Ceremony of San Francisco's DeYoung Museum. Jennifer made her solo debut with orchestra at age ten, and went on to perform with various West coast orchestras,such as the Peninsula and Nova Vista Symphonies. Early influences to pursue a musical career include participation in the Perlman Music Program and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
As a firm believer that chamber music creates not only better orchestras but also better people, Jennifer has been actively involved in chamber ensembles since her childhood. She was featured at Carnegie Hall with her San Francisco-based piano trio, and her string quartet won New England Conservatory's Honors Ensemble Award. Jennifer has performed as a substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and New World Symphony, and attended the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, and Spoleto USA Festival on full scholarships. She received her Bachelor's degree from New England Conservatory in 2012 as a student of Lucy Chapman, and completed one year of graduate studies at Rice University with Cho-Liang Lin before joining the DSO. In addition, Jennifer has enjoyed teaching young violin students since she was in middle school, and advocates that often, little people are smarter than big people. Aside from music, she loves Calvin and Hobbes comics, George Eliot novels, journal-writing, long hikes, and the Golden State Warriors. Jennifer owes any and all achievements to her loving family and patient teachers, whose unconditional faith and support make it possible for her to pursue her musical endeavors.