Zhiwei Ni started playing the clarinet at the age of 9 under clarinet educator Fan Lei. Zhiwei has studied with Emil Khudyev at Interlochen and with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn Music Academy. He now attends the Eastman School of Music where he studies on full scholarship with professor Michael Wayne. In 2019 and 2020, Zhiwei was selected for the China Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYO-China) and toured Europe.
Recent prizes and honors include: second prize of the Central Conservatory of Music International Mozart Clarinet Competition (2016); first place in the China National Clarinet competition in Qingdao; second prize of the Vandoren Emerging Artist competition (2020); first prize of the China-Spain International Music Competition (2021); first prize and Grand Cash prize of Rising Star Berlin International Music Competition; Carl Nielsen International Competition candidate (2022).