Principal Second Violin
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 highest level musically” by David Zinman, “unsurpassed technical brilliance” by Hohenlohe, Germany newspaper, and "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..." by the Richmond Time. Ms. Li had performed the Butterfly Lovers concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and also had played the Bach double concerto with Hilary Hahn prompted a glowing press.
Currently, she is the BSO’s Principal Second Violin, appointed by Yuri Temirkanov. At the same time, she is a sought after chamber musician. She is also admired as one of the country’s most accomplished orchestral players. Finally, Qing Li is reengaged time after time as a dynamic recitalist, and a guest concertmaster in halls throughout the great cities of America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Radio and television broadcasts of her work as soloist and chamber musician have been aired on WYPR, in Germany and in China. She was featured on the Voice of America, and as well as a Piatigorsky Foundation solo artist.
Qing Li was born in Beijing China. At age four, she began violin studies with her father. At age 12, Qing Li won her acceptance to the Central Conservatory of Music. There she was discovered at a master class by Berl Senofsky, who enthusiastically brought her to Peabody Conservatory with a full scholarship. She won fellowships in this country’s most major music festival programs including Tanglewood, Meadowmount, and Aspen. Her teachers also include the legendary Joseph Gingold and Dorothy Delay, a national and international violin competitions prize winner.
Besides her private teaching, Ms. Li has also taught at the University of Delaware, the department of music. She was on the faculty of the Festival Internacional de Inverno Compos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil. Invited frequently to give master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music, in Beijing. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.
Ms. Li performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin, which was crafted in 1736, Naples, Italy.