Praised by The Baltimore Sun for his “eloquent & poetic playing”, Bo Li has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the United States and abroad in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordon Hall in Boston, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Symphony Hall in Shanghai.
Since his solo debut with the Shanghai Symphony at age 17, Bo Li has been a featured soloist with many orchestras including the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Southern Illinois Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana, the South Arkansas Symphony, the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey, the Montgomery Symphony in Alabama, the Wuhan Philharmonic, and the Shanghai Symphony among others. His concerto performance with the New England Conservatory Symphony was broadcast nationwide by NPR. He was the featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony playing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations and Haydn Sinfonia Concertante.
Among many awards he has received, Bo Li was a prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He also won a top prize at the National Cello Competition in China, the Laurence Lesser Presidential Award and the Concerto Competition at New England Conservatory, the Presser Scholar Award by the Presser Foundation and fellowships with the Aspen Festival and the Montgomery Symphony. An active chamber musician, Mr. Li has performed in the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia and has collaborated with such artists as Pamela Frank and Jon Kimura Parker. Passionate with teaching, he has taught at music festivals and has given master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. and abroad. He co-founded the Master Players Festival, a fast growing bilingual summer festival located at University of Delaware. He was also featured on Voice of America, Free Talk Asia and China Central TV. He has made several recordings, including a solo CD released by Tian-Tian in Beijing and chamber music CDs by Hugo in Hong Kong and Meyer Media in the US.
Bo Li came from a musical family in China. After attending the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he finished his studies at Illinois State University with Ko Iwasaki and at the New England Conservatory with Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser. As an orchestral performer, Mr. Li has served as principal cello in the New York String Orchestra as well as the Singapore Symphony. Currently he is a cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with which he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world.