Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Oundjian calls Teng Li “an extraordinary talent that everyone recognizes.” Li earned the principal viola position at the TSO at the tender age of 21. Since then, the orchestra has featured her as a soloist many times.
Born in Nanjing, China, Li started playing viola at the age of five. She progressed quickly to the Beijing Central Conservatory and by the time she was 16, Li was attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with teachers Michael Tree and Joseph DePasquale and Otto Werner-Mueller.
Now Li is a teacher at the University of Toronto and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, in addition to her TSO duties. As well, Li has given recitals across North America, and is an accomplished chamber musician as well as a member of Toronto’s Trio Arkel.
This week, Li is the host of This Is My Music.
This Is My Music can be heard on Radio 2 on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Teng Li shares her favourite music on This Is My Music.