Qianqian Li, violin
Born in Nanjing, China, Qianqian Li joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2014. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Natasha Brofsky, Brett Dean, Gil Kalish, Curtis Macomber, and Anthony Marwood. In 2011, she and her piano trio, the Clara Trio, won the Honors Ensemble competition at New England Conservatory. Her other musical achievements include First Prize at the first Astana International Violin Competition, the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Ishikawa Music Academy Award. Recently Qianqian was featured on Bach Marathon on the famed network WGBH in a live broadcast from the First Lutheran Church in Boston.
Ms. Li has performed at many of the privileged music festivals in the world, such as Yellow Barn Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras in major halls in China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and South Africa. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Li received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein, for whom she served as teaching assistant. Her other primary teachers include Malcolm Lowe and Lina Yu. In addition to her full scholarship at the New England Conservatory, she was also granted the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. She currently plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin kindly loaned to her by The Colburn Collection in Los Angeles.