Li-Wei Qin


Li-Wei Qin Li-Wei Qin

One of the most sought-after cellists of his generation, Chinese-Australian Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. After being awarded the Silver Medal at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition, he won First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. Gramophone Magazine described him as “a superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer” in his recording of Elgar and Walton concertos with the London Philharmonic. Two-time soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, he has enjoyed successful collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the BBC symphony orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR-Sinfonierorchester Hamburg, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, ORH Vienna Radio Orchestra , Finnish Radio Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, and Sydney and Melbourne symphonies. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Jaap van Zweden, Gianandrea Noseda, Hans Graf, Yu Long, Lü Jia, Tan Dun, Machello Viotti, Jirí Belohlávek, and Yehudi Menuhin. Prior to teaching at the National University of Singapore, Mr. Qin taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. As artistic director, he founded the annual Qingdao International Cello festival in 2018. He plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Goh.