Nicole Li

Nicole Ge Li is currently Concert Master of the B.C. Chinese Orchestra and gaohu soloist with the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. Li began learning the erhu at the early age of six and started training professionally at the age of 11 at the Wu Conservatory of Music Affiliated Secondary School, where she received a full scholarship for four consecutive years. Li was later admitted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in erhu performance in 2008.

An active erhu performer, both as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble, since 2000, Li is a much sought after performing artist in Vancouver. In 2011, she organized and performed in her own erhu recital in Vancouver, which was also the first full-scale erhu performance event of its kind held in Canada. In 2013, she was invited to perform for Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the only Chinese instrumental soloist at the Chinese New Year Gala in Vancouver.  Later that year, Li performed the celebrated erhu concerto “Butterfly Lovers” with the BC Chinese Orchestra. During this 2012/15 season, Li is collaborating with virtuoso pianist Corey Hamm in bringing the first of many world premieres of new works for erhu and piano by Chinese and Canadian composers. These performances are being supported by a Canadian Art Council grant as part of a cross-cultural music exchange project. In 2015, Li was a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Leaders Medal of Merit Award.

As a performing artist, Li is known for her interpretive expressiveness, stylistic versatility and ability to transverse a wide range of musical genres from the East to the West, from the traditional to the avant-garde. As a teacher, Li is known for her ability to inspire students to excel, as evidenced by all her students’ successful exam results.

青年二胡演奏家李歌,现任加拿大温哥华卑诗中乐团首席、二胡指导,卑诗华夏乐团高胡和二胡演奏员。李歌出生于河南郑州,6岁开始习琴,11岁起接受系统的专业训练。先后师从白瑞琪先生(中央音乐学院),别晓霞女士(武汉音乐学院)和王永德先生(上海音乐学院)。1998至2002年连续4年获得武汉音乐学院附中奖学金,2004年曾破格被武汉音乐学院本科免试录取,同年考入上海音乐学院民乐系,于2008年毕业并获得了二胡学士学位。

自2000年以来,她以独奏、重奏等形式参与了大量音乐作品的首演及录制。并受邀出访欧洲等国家,参加了中国音乐学术音乐会、国际峰会等活动。2002年获“天天艺术杯”民乐大赛二等奖。2011年成功在温哥华举办加拿大首个二胡专场音乐会。2012年与英属哥伦比亚大学大学音乐学院钢琴教授Corey Hamm发起“新动派——钢琴二胡现代重奏作品创作计划” (PEP-Piano and Erhu Project),2012-2015年将在温哥华首演超过40位中外作曲家为他们量身创作的新作品,最终录制成专辑在北美和中国巡演。2013年中国春节,作为唯一的中乐演奏家为中国桥团和加拿大总理史蒂芬·哈珀演奏。同年在温哥华,与卑诗中乐团协奏经典名曲《梁山伯与祝英台》。2015年,她与印度锡塔琴(Sitar)演奏家Mohamed Assani, 魔力单根鼓(Mridangam)演奏家 Curtis Andrews组建世界音乐三重奏Unison.同年,获得加拿大杰出青年领袖奖。

目前,李歌作为一名全职的音乐人活跃在温哥华的各大舞台,并在她自己的音乐会工作室“久闻音乐”办学推广二胡教育。

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