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Nicole Ge Li erhu

Nicole Ge Li is currently a Director of the B.C. Chinese Music Association, Erhu soloist of the B.C. Chinese Music, Erhu Instructor of VSO School of Music, as well as Ensemble-in-Residence with PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) at the University of British Columbia. 

Nicole Li began learning Erhu at the early age of 6, and started training professionally at  age 11 in the Wuhan 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. . In 2015, Li was a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Leaders Medal of Merit Award. Starting from 2012, 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 have been supported by a Canada Council of the Arts grant as part of a cross-cultural music exchange project. In May 2016, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) had a successful concert tour of China.

Learn more at www.nicole-li.com.

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