Ryan Li, ViolinRyan Li, age 15, is currently a sophomore at Marriotts Ridge High School in Ellicott City, MD. He began studying violin at the age of six with Mrs. Wonju Kim, of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and recently transitioned to Judith Ingolfsson, a professor at the Peabody Institute of Music. Ryan was selected to join the Howard County Elementary School Gifted and Talented Orchestra (ESGTO) from 3rd to 5th grade and the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Orchestra (MSGTO) from 6th to 8th grade, where he served as a concertmaster. He also served as the concertmaster for both the Waverly Elementary School and Mount View Middle School orchestras. Currently he plays in the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra (HSGTO) as one of the concertmasters.
Ryan has many musical accomplishments. Most recently he was awarded first place in The Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition Junior Division, performed in the Midwest Clinic—an international band and orchestral conference in Chicago, IL, and was selected to play in the Maryland All State Senior and Junior Orchestras for the past 4 years. Other accomplishments include second place at the Atlanta Festival Academy International Competition, second place in the Solo Competition during the Third Masters Players Festival at the University of Delaware, second place in the MSMTA Chamber Music Competition, and the MSMTA Distinguished Musicianship Award.
Ryan recently performed various virtual concerts for different communities during the pandemic to show appreciation to the frontline healthcare providers and teachers, which included the doctors and nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital and teachers at the Howard County Chinese Language School. He also performed at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Offstage Facebook live concert.
When he is not playing violin, Ryan enjoys reading, drawing, solving Rubik’s cubes, and most of all, year-round, competitive swimming with the Eagle Swim Team.