Chinese born violinist Yibin Li has been playing violin since she was 5 years old her career is the product of a life in music. Ms. Li has appeared as a soloist with the Beijing National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, Kaoxiong Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Hunter Symphony Orchestra. She is member and founder of Shanghai Duo and
Iris String Quartet. Accolades won by Ms. Li include first place in Artist International, Syracuse Concerto Competition, The William Grant Art Foundation, Shanghai Chamber Music Competition, and the China International Young Violinist Competition. Since her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001, Ms. Li has played and directed and programmed chamber music concerts at major venues in New York including Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Opera America, Metropolitan Playhouse, Scandinavia House, and China Poly Entertainment performing arts centers in 23 cities across China. Ms. Li recorded commercial CDs for the China Recording Company, including Bach Violin Concertos in A Minor and E Major and “Hong Hu” Violin Concerto by Zhanhao He with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Extending her performance experience to acting, she starred in Parisian director Irina Book’s play La Vie Matérielle/Shakespeare’s Sisters, which premiered at FI:AF in NYC, and enjoyed several soldout runs in New York and in France.
Currently Ms. Li is on the violin faculty at Mannes School Music Prep/ Extension division, The New School, and a teaching assistant to Lewis Kaplan at Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. An active and devoted teacher, Ms. Li has given master classes at numerous institutions around the world including Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music and Beijing Central University for Normal Studies in China. Ms. Li earned Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Conservatory, where she also served as a violin professor for 6 years.
Her teachers include Lewis Kaplan, Earl Carlyss, Seymour Lipkin, Peiwen Yuan, Xiaolong Liu and her father Qing Li. She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City with her husband, her daughter, and her cat, Waitress.