: Nicole Ge Li
Nicole Ge Li is currently a Director of the B.C. Chinese Music Association and Erhu
Instructor of VSO School of Music, as well as an Ensemble-in-Residence 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 are being supported by a Canadian Art Council grant as part of a
cross-cultural music exchange project. In 2016, “PEP-Piano and Erhu Project ” has
become an “Ensemble in Residence in UBC”, and also has had a successful Tour in
China during May 2016.
As a performing artist, Li is known for her interpretive expressiveness, stylistic versatility
and ability to transverse a wide range of musical genres from the East to the West, from
the traditional to the avant-garde. As a teacher, Li is known for her ability to inspire
students to excel, as evidenced by all her students’ successful exam results.
Li works out of her own establishment, JW Musical Studio in Richmond BC, where she
teaches, rehearses and records her growing Erhu repertoire.