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Jiali Li

Co-Principal Viola

Jiali Li

Jiali Li is currently Co-Principal Violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and former Principal Violist of the New World Symphony. She has worked with St Louis Symphony and Boston Symphony orchestras, and been invited to perform at the renowned Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland and toured with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral experience, she is also an active chamber musician. Jiali was a founding member of the Caspian Quartet, a competitively selected honors ensemble at the New England Conservatory and made their debut in Jordan Hall in Boston. She was also invited to be guest performer at ChamberFest of Lincoln Center, where she also made her debut as a soloist. Besides, Jiali was invited to perform Julian Anderson’s Prayer at the Focus Festival of Lincoln Center.


Jiali has given performances around the world and worked with many great conductors and artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gustavo Dudamel and Jaap van Zweden. She has also been active in giving performances in world-class venues in the Unite States, Europe and Asia. She has been invited to many music festivals including the Verbier and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, Music Academy of the West, Perlman Music Program and Music Mountain Masterclass. Her honours include prizes from the Doublestop Foundation Competition, International De Viola-Cello competition in Spain, China National Viola Competition and Central Conservatory of Music Viola Competition. 


Jiali Li received her Master's degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Kim Kashkashian the famous Grammy award-winning artist. She completed her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer. Prior to that, Li studied at the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory in China under professor Changhai Wang. She was also the string coach for the pre-college orchestra of The New England Conservatory and viola instructor at the Juilliard’s Music Advancement Programme.