Qing Li, 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” (conductor David Zinman), “unsurpassed technical brilliance” (German newspaper Hohenlohe), 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...” (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, and Leon Fleischer. She is also admired as one of the country’s most accomplished orchestral players as the appointed Principal Second by Yuri Temirkanov.
Qing Li was born in Beijing, China. At age four, she began violin studies with her father, Zhen-Kun Li. At age 12, Qing Li won her acceptance to the Central Conservatory, where she began her study with Wei-Jian Zhao. There she was discovered at a master class by Berl Senofsky, who enthusiastically brought her to Peabody Conservatory with a fellowship scholarship. She won fellowships to many major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Meadowmount, Aspen, Grand Tetons, and Alexander Schneider’s New York String Seminar. Her teachers include Berl Senofsky, legendary Joseph Gingold, and Dorothy Delay.
Some of the prestigious awards Qing Li has received 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, Prize-Winner).
In 1993, Ms. Li became a member of the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman. Her first of many concerto appearances with BSO followed rapidly. Since then, Qing Li has served as Assistant Concertmaster, and won her current chair of Principal Second Violin in 2001 under Yuri Temirkanov. In November 2008, Ms. Li performed the Butterfly Lovers Concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In 2005, Hilary Hahn invited Qing Li to play the Bach Double Concerto in a benefit concert to a glowing press.
Ms. Li performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin crafted in 1736 in Naples, Italy.