An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, 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, London Philharmonic and Bostock, Prague Symphony and Wit, BBC Philharmonic and Totelier, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Van Zweden, Osaka Philharmonic and Belohlavek, Melbourne Symphony and Viotti, BBC Symphony and Van Steen, KBS Symphony and Marin, New Zealand Symphony and Lazarev, Ulster Orchestra and Fischer, Sydney Symphony and Tan Dun, BBC Scottish Symphony and Brabbins, China Philharmonic and Yu 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.
2011/12 season includes appearances with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Shanghai Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Deutsch Staatsphilharmonie, the Philharmonie der Nationen, the Korean Symphony and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.
In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and he appears at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the City of London, the Jerusalem 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 Ian Brown, among many others. Li-Wei records for Decca, EMI Classics (China), Cello Classics, ABC Classics and Channel Classics. His complete Beethoven Sonatas recording was released on the Decca label in Spring 2010. Future Releases with Decca includes Dvorak concerto and works of Rachmaninov.
In August, 2008, Li-Wei made his critically acclaimed appearance with the New Zealand Symphony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Festival in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing.
In 2011, Li-Wei was the Artist in residence at the prestigius Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Germany.
Born in Shanghai Li-Wei moved to Australia at the age of 13, before accepting scholarships to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2002, Li-Wei received the Young Australian of the Year Award.
Prior to teaching at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Li-Wei was a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini ‘cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh. Li-Wei is active in promoting chamber music in China.