photo by Ning Fan
Prokofiev Violin Sonata #1: 2nd mvt.
Prokofiev Violin Sonata #1: 3rd mvt.
Sibelius Violin Concerto: 3rd mvt.
Listen to Qing's interview with Judith Krummeck
See Qing's Impromptu feature from Overture Magazine
Chamber Music Performances:
November 18, 2012
February 17, 2013
March 10, 2013
April 7, 2013
Astonishing in her musical versatility, violinist Qing Li brings great warmth, poise and insight to her music making. Solo performances have garnered such critical praise: "as the soloist, Qing was flawless... particularly in a stunning cadenza near the end of the first movement in the Haydn violin concerto. Her style was impeccable" (Richmond Times). At the same time, she is a sought after chamber musician, having collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Eugenia Zukerman, Hilary Hahn, Leon Fleischer and Lang Lang. Yuri Temirkanov appointed her principal second violin of the Baltimore Symphony in 2001, after joining the symphony in 1993 as assistant concertmaster.
Qing Li was born in Beijing China. At age four, she began violin studies with her father, who served as the concertmaster of the Chinese National Opera and Dance Theater for 35 years. At age 12, Qing Li won her acceptance to the Central Conservatory, placing second nationwide, and landing her first position as concertmaster. There Berl Senofsky, who enthusiastically brought her to Peabody Conservatory with a fellowship scholarship, discovered her at a master class. At Peabody, she earned both a bachelor’s degree and performance certificate. She won fellowships in this country’s most major music festival programs including Tanglewood, Meadowmount, Aspen, Grand Tetons and Alexander Schneider’s New York String Seminar (Principal Second). Her teachers include the legendary Joseph Gingold, Dorothy Delay and Shmuel Ashkenazi.
Her awards include the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition (1997, semifinalist), Marbury Violin Competition (1992, first prize) Young Concert Artists International Competition (1997, semifinalist) and the first Beijing International Violin Competition (1986, prizewinner).
Solo appearances with orchestra include the Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, National Broadcast Philharmonic of China, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Prince George's Philharmonic, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Goucher College Orchestra and Western Shore Symphony, performing such diverse repertoire as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. In November 2008, Ms. Li performed the Butterfly Lovers concerto in a special event for the 10th Anniversary of Temple University's College of Science and Technology at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In 2005, Hilary Hahn invited Qing Li to play the Bach double concerto in a benefit concert, which received glowing reviews from the press.
Ms. Li has been a recitalist and chamber musician in halls throughout the great cities of America, Europe and Asia. Radio and television broadcasts of her work as soloist and chamber musician have been aired National Public Radio’s Baltimore affiliate station WYPR.
Ms. Li performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin crafted in Naples in 1736.