Graduate Studies, Violin, Chamber Music

Pre-College, Violin

Born into a family of well-known musicians in Shanghai, Weigang Li began studying the violin with his parents when he was 5 and went on to attend the Shanghai Conservatory at age 14. In 1981, he was selected to study for one year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music through the first cultural exchange program between Shanghai and San Francisco. In 1985, upon graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory, Li continued his studies at Northern Illinois University and later studied and taught at the Juilliard School as teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet. His teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Isadore Tinkleman, and Tan Shu-Chen. Li was featured in the 1980 Oscar winning documentary film, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. He made his solo debut at 17 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Asian Youth Orchestra. Li is a founding member and first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet since 1983. In its 38th season, the Shanghai Quartet has performed well over 2,000 concerts in 30 countries; recorded 36 CD albums, including 7-discs cycle of complete Beethoven string quartets on Camerata label. Li is Artist-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He also holds the title of guest concertmaster of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and guest professor at Shanghai Conservatory and Central Conservatory in Beijing. In addition, he joined The Tianjin Juilliard School as resident faculty in the fall of 2020. Li plays on a 1714 Antonio Stradivari generously loaned to him by the Beare International Violin Society.