Nineteen year-old Nicole Li began her violin studies at the age of three. Nicole appeared as the featured soloist at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and placed first at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition seven times, where she received the Grand Prize in the 11 to 14 years old category and in the 15 to 18 years old category. Nicole is a two-time silver medallist and received First Class Honours with Distinction in her graduating year as Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (ARCT). Nicole was the concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, of the Young Artists Performing Academy, and a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) for six years. She had the privilege of performing two consecutive years as soloist with the TSYO, performing the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major on their 2012 tour to British Columbia. She has engaged in solo performances with orchestras including the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Brampton Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra at their opening concert.
Nicole is an alumna of the University of Toronto Schools and recently finished her second year studies at the University of Western Ontario in Biological and Medical Sciences on the Dean’s Honour List, where she is also a performance student of the Don Wright Faculty of Music and a musician of Orchestra London of Canada. She is the concertmaster of the UWO Symphony Orchestra, and was the winner of last year’s faculty-wide Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the UWOSO earlier this year, and was the recipient of the Wendy S. Hunter Memorial Award, based on humanitarian, musical, and academic distinction.
Nicole devotes her summers participating in various local and international community service initiatives in Peru, Thailand, and Cambodia. In June, she attended the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Festival at Stanford University on a full scholarship. She also presented her hematological findings at the XXIVth Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as at the 2014 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America in Chicago, Illinois. In July, she travelled to El Salvador on her third medical mission trip with the Global Health Outreach. Nicole has engaged in masterclasses with internationally renowned artists, including Leonidas Kavakos, James Ehnes, and Yo-Yo Ma, and has upcoming solo performances with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. She is extremely grateful for her teachers and mentors Mel Martin, Alain Trudel, Atis Bankas, and Jonathan Crow.