LI Zhe, a Chinese Canadian violinist, boasts rich experience in playing symphony, opera and chamber music works. He has been the concert master of London Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra in Canada, China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra and NCPA Orchestra in succession. He played a part in organizing “Beijing Trio” and “NCPA Quartet”. He is also a distinguished expert of the Ministry of Culture under the State Council and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, director of the Chamber Music Society of Chinese Musicians Association, a member of Poly Theater Experts Steering Committee and distinguished professor of the Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music. Born in Gaomi, Shandong province in China, he proved to be a musical talent when he was a child. At the age of 10, he won the second prize of the national violin competition. After graduating from the primary and middle schools affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music, he studied under Professor LIN Yaoji, a celebrated violin educator, at this Conservatory. Later, he took up further studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in Britain and Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal with full scholarship, becoming the last disciple of the late violin educator Ivla Niemann. He also studied with Gauden Nikolic, the chief player of London Symphony Orchestra, and the violin educator Eleonora Turovsky.
When he was a student, he acted as the chief player of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, English National Musician Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre Symphonique de L’UniversideDe Montreal. In 2001, he was selected for the “Music Talents” programme of London Symphony Orchestra and joined the orchestra, marking the beginning of his career as a professional performer. From 2005, he served as the deputy chief and acting chief player of I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra in Canada. He cooperated with four musicians to hold a concert featuring Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin. Meanwhile, he acted as the Chinese cultural envoy in Montreal, Canada, and Secretary-General of Québec Chinese Musicians Association in Canada. Upon invitation, he returned to China in 2010 and became the chief player of China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra and NCPA Orchestra in succession. Under his leadership, some 1,000 concerts in dozens of music seasons and tens of operas were rounded off. The operas include Turandot, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser. For his outstanding performance, he was granted the “Excellent Performance Award” by the Ministry of Culture twice.
LI Zhe led various orchestras to the U.S., Germany, Italy, the UK, Russia, Australia, South Korea and other countries, giving hundreds of concerts on tour, operas and chamber concerts. He was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in the United States, Moscow International House of Music, Sydney Opera House and other world-famous concert halls. Under the baton of LÜ Jia, the opening concert for the “Belt and Road Summit” in 2017 was wrapped up with him as the chief player. He cooperated with a large number of world-renowned conductors like Lorin Maazel, Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eshenbach and Myung-whun Chung. He has forged deep friendship in work with the music director Yuri Trosky. He recorded a number of records in collaboration with I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, issued by Chandos Records in Britain and Analekta, a Canadian record company. The records won Canada’s “Juno Awards”. He worked with the conductor Lorin Maazel to perform and record The Ring without Words, issued by Sony Music Records.