Li-Wei Qin, Cello

An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, Cellist Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. “Li-Wei drew the audience in with his artistry, his brilliant virtuosity and his very refined musicality and sincerity of interpretation” was the description of the cellist following his performance at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal. He has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York.


Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Janowski, NDR-Sinfonierorchester Hamburg and Hrůša, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Tabachnik, London Philharmonic and Briger, BBC Symphony and Van Steen, BBC Philharmonic and Totelier, BBC Scottish Symphony and Brabbins, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Van Zweden, Osaka Philharmonic and Belohlavek, China Philharmonic and Yu, Sydney Symphony and Tan Dun, Melbourne Symphony and the late Viotti, and Sinfonia Varsovia and the late Lord Menuhin. Li-Wei has also appeared with chamber orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Kremerata Baltika.  Future engagements include his Los Angeles Philharmonic début with Dutoit.


In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the City of London, the Schlewigs-Holstein and the Mecklenburg Festivals. Li-Wei has collaborated with musicians such as Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, Misha Maisky, David Finckel, Wu Han, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Peter Frankel, among many others.


As an exclusive Universal Music China artist, Li-Wei’s recordings on Decca include the complete Beethoven Sonatas ( 2010 Aria Nomination), Works of Rachmaninov with pianist Albert Tiu, Dvořàk Concerto with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Elgar/Walton Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Prior to teaching at the YST Conservatory, Li-Wei was a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh.

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