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Weigang Li, violin
A native of Shanghai, Weigang Li has been a featured soloist with the Asian Youth
Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish
Symphony. Mr. Li began studying the violin with his parents at the age of five and went
on to attend the Shanghai Conservatory at age 14. He then came to the United States in
1981 to study at the San Francisco Conservatory through an exchange program between the
sister cities of San Francisco and Shanghai. Upon graduating from the Shanghai
Conservatory in 1985, Mr. Li was appointed assistant professor of violin at the school.
Shortly thereafter he left China to continue his education at the Northern Illinois
University. From 1987-1989, Mr. Li studied and taught at the Juilliard School as
teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet. His other teachers have included Shmuel
Ashkenasi, Pierre Menard, Shu-Chen Tan, and Isadore Tinkleman. Mr. Li was featured in
the film "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China."