Li-Wei Qin

Li-Wei Qin

Cello

Biography

The cellist Li-Wei Qin (or Liwei Qin) was one of the first wave of international stars to emerge from China. Trained in Australia and Britain, he has appeared on several continents as a recitalist and concerto soloist. Qin was born in Shanghai in 1976. He emigrated to Australia in 1989, and in 1995 he enrolled at Melbourne University. His primary teacher there was Nelson Cooke, who had previously been principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and in 1995 Qin received a scholarship to study in Britain himself, at the Royal Northern Conservatory of Music. He had already (in 1993) been named the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Young Performer of the year, and he went on to several more wins and strong showings in international competitions, most notably a silver medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1998 and first prize at the Naumburg Competition in New York in 2001. After a stint as scholar-in-residence at the RNCM, Qin launched a full-scale concert career. He has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including all the BBC-related symphony orchestras (entailing two appearances during the BBC Proms at the Albert Hall), the London Philharmonic, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NDR-Sinfonieorchester (now the Elbphilharmonie) in Hamburg, the Prague Symphony, the Osaka and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as Kremerata Baltica and the Munich, Australian, and Zurich Chamber Orchestras. Qin has appeared under the batons of top conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiri Belohlavek, Yehudi Menuhin, and Sir Andrew Davis. He has performed in chamber concerts at Wigmore Hall and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York. In 2012, he and violinist Ning Feng founded the Dragon Quartet. Qin has recorded for the ABC Classics label in Australia, Decca in Europe (including a cycle of the Beethoven cello sonatas with Albert Tiu), and Naxos in Hong Kong. On the latter label he issued an album of Russian cello concertos with the Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice in 2019.

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