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Violin

Christian Li

Christian Li

Christian Li is supported by Alan and Janet Bell

Christian Li, 14 years old, was born in Melbourne Australia and began violin at the age of 5 showing great interest and talent in music. He is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. 

Christian came to international attention when in April 2018 he became the youngest-ever joint Junior 1st Prize-winner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Geneva, performing with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London. He also received the Audience Prize and the Composer Award. 

Christian made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 9 with the Australasian Orchestra and made his solo concerto debut at 10, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Orchestra Victoria. In 2019 he made his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestraat the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at the Sydney City Recital Hall and the Melbourne Recital Centre, all to great acclaim. He also gave UK debut recitals at the Cheltenham, Harrogate and Gower International Festivals and performed in Tel Aviv and Norway. Future performances include with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Gottinger Symphony Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists, Richmond Symphony, Willoughby Symphony at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville as well as performances in the US and Europe. 

In July 2017 Christian won First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and gave many solo and chamber music performances as part of the Semper Music International Festival and Summer Academy. In June 2017 Christian was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in the American Protégé Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert. In 2014 he won First Prize in the "Golden Beijing" violin competition in China and in 2013 Christian was chosen for a TV commercial in China that features him playing the violin. 

Christian plays on a rare 3/4 Size violin made by Dom Nicolo Amati in 1733, on generous loan from Reuning & Son Violins Boston, and a rare 19thC bow made by Pierre Simon on loan from Florian Leonard Fine Violins London. Christian also enjoys reading, swimming and soccer.