Violinist Qing Li is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Second Violin, appointed by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000, and is frequently featured as a soloist with the BSO. 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 to name a few.
Li is also currently a violin faculty artist at her alma mater, the Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University. She has been the violin faculty artist of the NYO-China, since their 2017 inaugural season’s debut concert at the Carnegie Hall. She gives masterclasses and is active in International Festivals throughout US, Asia, Europe, South America, and Russia. She has always felt that teaching is her way of repaying the kindness shown to her by her mentors.
Born in Beijing China, Li began violin studies at age 4 with her father. 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. Li has also studied with Herbert Greenberg and Sylvia Rosenberg. After graduating from Peabody she studied with the legendary Joseph Gingold in Bloomington Indiana.
She now performs on her 1736 Neopolitain instrument made by Nicolo Gagliano.