Siyuan Li


Siyuan Li was born in Guangzhou, China and began her study of the piano at the age of four.  In 2000 Siyuan entered the pre-college division at the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou. Her incredible talent and energy was recognized at a young age, and  at the age of fourteen, she was admitted to the Central Conservatory in Beijing with the highest audition score for that year. During her four years in the Conservatory, she was twice awarded “The Prize for Excellence”.  Before coming to the United States, she recorded Czerny’s Etudes Book 599. Both the CD and DVD recordings were published in 2007 for educational purposes with teaching instructions given by Pingguo Zhao, her piano professor in the conservatory. Siyuan was admitted to Oberlin College Conservatory with a full scholarship in 2006.  She was a double-major student in Piano Performance with Professor Monique Duphil and Vocal Accompanying with Professor Phillip Highfill.  After winning the Concerto Competition in the Chautauqua Music Festival in 2008, Siyuan got invited back to attend the festival with a full scholarship and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op.15 with the Chautuaqua Music Festival Orchestra under conductor Timothy Muffitt. Winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition in 2009, Siyuan performed Saint-Saens Piano concerto No. 2 in g minor with the Oberlin Orchestra under conductor Bridget Reischl. In 2012 Siyuan was the winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concert No. 2 in c minor with the University Symphony Orchestra under conductor Kenneth Kiesler. In 2013, at the invitation of Dean Christopher Kendall, Siyuan was chosen to represent the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project in the Kennedy Center. Siyuan is completing her doctoral degree in Piano Performance at University of Michigan with Professor Arthur Greene.