Laiji Li


Laiji Li

About Laiji Li

Laiji Li is a pianist from China and a piano instructor at the Community School of the Arts of Northern  Illinois University (NIU). He is a proud member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Golden Key  International Honor Society.

Li studied the piano under associate professor Mr. Chenyang Dong in Hangzhou. Li ranked in the Top 10  in the 2014 Zhejiang Province College Entrance Examination for Overall Music Majors. Li achieved the  Top 1 in the Composition Major, and Top 2 in the piano performance major in the nationwide Zhejiang  Conservatory of Music (ZJCM) Entrance Examination. After receiving the Excellent Freshman Scholarship,  he continued studying under Mr. Dong at the piano department of ZJCM. He earned several awards and  scholarships, including the First Prize in the Fifth Session of the “Simon” Cup Zhejiang Province College  Student Piano Competition, and the first prize of Outstanding Student for excellent academic scholarship  from ZJCM. In 2018, Li completed his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and was nominated for  postgraduate recommendation. The same year, Li was offered a full Graduate Assistantship by NIU under  Dr. William Goldenberg. He was the winner of the 2018 and 2019 Donald L. Walker Living Legacy Fund.  In 2022, Li was awarded his master’s degree and performer’s certificate from the NIU School of Music. Li  has been coached by Dr. Robert Hamilton and Sean Chen since 2021. Li obtained instruction from famous  pianists such as Evgeny Kissin, Shizhen Yao, Kirill Gerstein, and Frederick Moyer during his study career.

Li is active in piano performing and musical activities. Li was nominated as a student representative of  ZJCM and attended the reception activities of the New Zealand Ambassador to China. Li has performed at not only the First Outstanding Students’ Concert of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, but also several  concerts, including piano solo recital and piano lecture-recital. The musicians whom Li has cooperated with  included Brian Losch, Dan Nichols, William Goldenberg, Chenyang Dong, and Zhipei Liu. Li started  working as a private piano teacher in 2014. Li was the manager of the piano part in the brilliant program  “Easy to Learn Music” which was selected as “The 2017 Chinese National University Student Innovation  and Entrepreneurship Program” by the Ministry of Education of China. Li served as an accompanist at  Northern Illinois University between 2018 and 2020. In 2018 through 2022, Li adjudicated for the Chicago  Mid-America Chinese Music Festival Piano Competition. In 2020, Li was appointed as a major instructor  of the Group Piano Class for undergraduate students and a tutor of Piano Pedagogy Class, supervised by Dr. Kim at NIU. Li had a piano masterclass at NIU and was highly praised.

Li’s performance is vibrant and exciting. As a piano teacher, he helps students to improve their piano skills  through targeted training. Also, he likes to use vivid language to demonstrate performance skills. He also  introduces some popular music and film music to increase students’ interest in playing and their expressive ability.