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Date of Birth: July 4, 1997
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Alan Chow
Mei Li was born in Henan, China and began her piano studies at the age of five. She started professional piano study in the Middle School Affiliated to the China Conservatory under the tutelage of Xiaoxue Hu, and has given many concerts in national and international festivals.
She is a veteran of many competitions wining prizes throughout China as early as the age of 13. Competition awards include third prize in the 2011 Steinway International Competition, 5th China Regional Competition; second prize in China Conservatory YAMAHA Asian Scholarship; second prize in the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music National Piano Competition for Young Artists in 2013; and first prize in the National Youth Piano Arts Festival of the “Zhong Yin Cup” in 2014.
In August 2015, Mei was admitted to the TCU School of Music as the winner of the prestigious Nordan Music Scholarship. She has also worked privately with many great artists such as Paul Badura Skoda, Veda Kaplinsky, Barry Douglass, and Christopher Elton. She finished both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Texas Christian University under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.
Her recent accomplishment includes Third Prize in the National MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in 2017; First Prize in the 67th Widemann International Piano Competition in December 2017. And the First Prize and the Brisch Center for Historical Performance Bach Award in the Kuleshov International Piano Competition in 2018.
During the summer of 2018, Mei won the First Prize in the piano division of the International Competition in Semper Music International Festival and she was awarded the “Antena 2” Prize by the classical Portuguese Radio Station Antena 2 while participating Óbidos International Piano Master Classes & Festival. In November 2018, the performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maestro Michael Butterman and Shreveport Symphony as part of the orchestra’s 2018-2019 season was a great success.
Mei is now pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Eastman School of Music studying with Alan Chow.