Li-Wei QIN is one of the most important Chinese cellists of his generation. ‘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.
In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and recently made highly successful debuts at New York’s Lincoln Centre and in San Francisco and Washington. He appears at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the Shanghai International, the Storioni, the City of London, the Jerusalem and the Mecklenburg Festivals and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and North Deutsche Radio. Li-Wei records for Decca, EMI Classics (Asia), Cello Classics, ABC Classics and Channel Classics. His complete Beethoven Sonatas recording was released on the Decca label in Spring 2010.
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 of GPA Holdings Pte.Ltd. As artistic director of the Jin Mao Concert Hall in Shanghai, he is active in promoting chamber music in China.