Cello Fest - Li-Wei Qin

Li-Wei Qin

“Mr. Qin has a great deal going for him, including a meltingly beautiful tone, flawless centered intonation and an ironclad technique.”
New York Times

Li-Wei Qin has performed all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. After achieving great success at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal, Li-Wei has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. Li-Wei was described by Gramophone Magazine as “a superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer” on the back of his recording of Elgar and Walton’s cello concerti with the London Philharmonic.

Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with, amongst others, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Berlin (conducted by Janowski); NDR-Sinfonierorchester, Hamburg (cond. Hrůša); Konzerthausorchester, Berlin (cond. Tabachnik); Basel Symphony Orchestra (cond. Bringuier), London Philharmonic (cond. Briger), the BBC Symphony  (cond. van Steen), the BBC Philharmonic (cond. Totelier), BBC Scottish Symphony (cond. Brabbins), China Philharmonic (cond. Yu Long), Sydney Symphony (cond. Tan Dun), and Sinfonia Varsovia (cond. Lord Menuhin). Li-Wei has also appeared with the Kremerata Baltika, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestras.

In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the City of London, the Schlewigs-Holstein and the Mecklenburg Festivals. Li-Wei has collaborated with musicians such as Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, Misha Maisky, David Finckel, Wu Han, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Peter Frankel, among many others.

Li-Wei’s recordings on Universal Music/Decca include the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas, works of Rachmaninov with pianist Albert Tiu, Dvořàk’s Cello Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui, and Cello Concerti by Elgar and Walton with the London Philharmonic. Most recently, courtesy of Universal Music, Li-Wei's 2013 live concert with the Shanghai Symphony and Maestro Yu Long has been released on Sony Classical.

Born in Shanghai, Li-Wei moved to Australia at the age of 13, before accepting scholarships to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2002, Li-Wei received the Young Australian of the Year Award. Other major invitations included appearances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), the 2012 London Olympics and the Davos World Economics Forum (with the Basel Symphony Orchestra).

Prior to teaching at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Li-Wei was a Professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Goh.

Li-Wei Qin will be performing a premium recital at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 August with pianist Katherine Austin. His bold programme features works by Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich and Ginastera. Tickets are now on sale from the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts website: