O-1 nonimmigrant visa and Permanent Residence as Violinist with “extraordinary abilities”
Ni Mei, a native of China, started playing the violin at the age of 6. Her first teacher was her father, who was the concertmaster and later music director of Wuhan Symphony Orchestra. She won the Third Prize of Shanghai Youth Violin Competition in 1987 and the Second Prize of National Youth Violin Competition in 1988. At age 10, she entered Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she studied for 11 years under Duoqin Xu, Shisheng Zheng and Zhinuo Ding.
Ms. Mei came to United States to continue her violin study in the year of 2000. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg State University and earned her master’s degree at Rice University. While studying, she won several competitions. She currently lives in Detroit and a member of Detroit Symphony Orchestra.