Principal Second Violin
Astonishing in her musical versatility, violinist Qing Li brings great warmth, poise and insight to her music making. Born in Beijing China, Ms. Li began violin studies at age 4 with her father Zhen-Kun Li. At age 12, Qing Li was accepted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. There she was discovered at a master class by Berl Senofsky, the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition. Based on a prize winning Sibelius Violin Concerto performance at the first Beijing International Youth Violin Competition, Mr. Senofsky brought her to Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory. She was granted a full scholarship and won the Marbury violin competition. After graduating from Peabody she studied with the legendary Joseph Gingold and won fellowships at major music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Meadowmount and Alexander Schneider's New York String Seminar. In 1993 Ms. Li auditioned for the Baltimore Symphony, winning a position playing a $100 Chinese violin. Ms. Li currently performs on a Neopolitain instrument made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1736.
Qing Li is currently the BSO’s Principal Second Violin, appointed by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000, and is frequently featured as a soloist. Other solo engagements have included the Butterfly Lovers Concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Haydn violin concerto with the Richmond Symphony and the Bach Double Concerto with Hilary Hahn. Ms. Li is also a Piatigorsky Foundation Artist, a much sought after recitalist, chamber musician and guest Concert Master.
Her broadcast appearances include a biography on Voice Of America, interviews on Baltimore’s WBJC and WYPR radio, and television stations in Germany and China.
Ms. Li is currently Assistant Concert Master at the Eastern Music Festival as well as a faculty member. She has also taught at the University of Delaware, the Festival Internacional de Inverno Compos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Ms. Li has always felt that teaching is her way of repaying the kindness shown to her by her mentors.
Notable reviews for Qing Li include the Baltimore Sun, ‘It was impossible not to be swept along by all the passion’, The German Hohenlohe News, ‘excelled with ethereal play’ and the Richmond Times, ‘her style was impeccable.’
李青曾多次以独奏家的身份与巴尔的摩交响乐团演出了各种风格的多首小提琴协奏曲。此外，她还受邀与美国 Richmond 交响乐团, Bay Atlantic 交响乐团等多个音乐团体合作演出。深受观众与乐评家的赞誉，被称为是一位"具有强烈内在激情"，拥有"无以比拟的辉煌技巧及最高音乐风格"的小提琴家。曾与她合作演出过的美国著名指挥家 David Zinman 说：“她是一流的演奏家!”。德国 Hohenlohe 报纸上评价她具有“无与伦比的技术才华”！Richmond 时报评论道：“作为独奏者，李青是完美的... 她的风格是无可挑剔的!”。 2005年，曾受 Hilary Hahn 邀请，在慈善音乐会上演奏了巴赫的双小提琴协奏曲。2006年，她受邀担任五月角音乐节客座首席。2012年，她曾任冰岛交响乐团的客座首席。2013年9月，受Piatigorsky 基金会之约，李青即将在美巡演独奏音乐会。
李青演奏的是一把意大利那波里制琴名匠 Nicolo Gagliano，1736年制做的小提琴