Matthew Ming Li

Solo & Collaborative pianist

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Vancouver raised pianist Matthew Li is a diverse and adventurous musician who is not afraid of going beyond the conventional repertoire. He has garnered praise and attention for combining intellectual interpretations with explosive virtuosity. Mr. Li is active in both the West and the East coast of Canada, and has recently graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts program (DMA) at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he won the university’s annual DMA Competition for all instruments, and was invited to perform at the Thursdays at Noon recital series in February, 2016. Mr. Li made his orchestral debut in China with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. He has since performed across Canada and also in United States, Italy, Austria, China and Hong Kong. He was also a prize-winner of the 2014 Shean Competition, semi-finalist of the 2008 Stepping Stone Competition, and national runner-up of the 2007 Canadian Music Competition. His other achievements include winning the Johann Strauss Scholarship Competition in University of British Columbia, and was a runner-up of the Piano Concerto Competition held in Indiana University. He was appointed Associate Instructor in piano at the Indiana University between 2008 and 2010.

Mr. Li has a growing interest in exploring the realm of modernist and contemporary music. He was one of the five pianists chosen by Munich’s Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) to participate in the Stockhausen Music Festival and Academy with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. He will join Mr. Aimard and Ms. Stefanovich once more in June, 2016 at the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in England. In the past, he attended various music programs including the Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Centre d’Arts Orford, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and had the privilege to study under well-known pianists including Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, and Menahem Pressler.

Matthew Li holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. He currently studies under Marietta Orlov. His past teachers include Sheila Hardy, Sara Davis Buechner, Arnaldo Cohen, and the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger: Emile Naoumoff.

Current as of December 2018


Photographer: Michelle Doherty

Musician: Matthew Ming Li