Chinese-born pianist Weiyan Li's performances range from early music on period keyboard instruments to premieres of works by living composers and from chamber music to concerti. After receiving her first musical instruction from her father, she began her performing career at the age of five. Since then, she has won first prize in the Best Mendelssohn Performance in the global online Great Composers Competition series, fourth prize the KAWAI Asia Piano Competition at Hong Kong and various youth competitions. Her career has also brought her to the Shanghai Symphonic Music Hall, the Chinese Theatre Hall in Chongqing, other venues in Beijing, Sichuan, and Hangzhou, and finally, the United States.
Ms. Li is currently completing her doctoral studies in Piano Performance under the tutelage of major teacher Dr. José Ramón Méndez at the Pennsylvania State University, where she has won the Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, represented the piano program at the 2017 President's Concert at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and played in the Graduate Recognition Recital. Also during her time at Penn State, she has won Honorable Mentions in the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition and the Young Artist division of the 2015 PMTA/MTNA Performance Competitions.
Ms. Li also holds degrees in Piano Performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music (B.Mus. under major teacher Youzhe Lou, 2012) and Ithaca College (Master of Musical Arts under major teacher Charis Dimaras, 2014). Her other major teachers have included Richard Goode and Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano); she has also played in master classes for Ilya Itin, Phiroze Mehta, and Dmitri Novgorodsky. Notable accomplishments from these years include being named the first Chinese winner of the Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition at Ithaca College and the first Chinese performer to win this competition in two consecutive years, earning her opportunities to perform the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major and Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor, as well as scholarships earned for her performances at the Shanghai Conservatory.
In addition to her performing activities, she is also an active writer and teacher. At Shanghai Conservatory, she was named an Outstanding Writer by the the Shanghai Education Newspaper and served as an editor of the Shanghai Conservatory Press. Her students have won prizes in various competitions and been accepted to study at Shanghai Conservatory.
Ms. Li began teaching in her first year as undergraduate at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and has taught not only piano lessons, but also Theory, Sight-Singing, and Voice. Her piano students have received "Outstanding" ratings from the Chinese National Piano Grading Exams, and been invited to study Piano, Voice, and Music Education at the Sichuan and Shanghai Conservatories. Last summer, she presented master classes at the Chongqing Little Angel Music Institute. At Penn State, she has taken coursework in Piano Pedagogy under Dr. Timothy Shafer, and teaches class piano and private lessons to non-major students as a part of her assistantship. She holds monthly studio classes and annual recitals.
Ms. Li is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).