Seventeen year-old Nicole Li began her violin studies at the age of three. Now a graduate of the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School, she has won numerous grand prizes and scholarships, both provincially and nationally. Placing first for seven years at the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) National Finals, she received the Grand Prize in the 11 to 14 years old category and in the 15 to 18 years old category. Nicole attained the Senior String Trophy Finals at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2012, and is a two-time silver medalist and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (ARCT), where she received First Class Honours with Distinction in her graduating year.
In 2011, Nicole appeared as the featured soloist at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the Global Forum for Human Settlements. Participating both as a chamber musician and a soloist, she attended the Summit Music Festival in New York and this summer, she will be joining the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Festival at Stanford University.
Nicole was the concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) for six years. She has also performed in collaboration with the Canadian Children’s Dance Theater, as well as ‘Side-by-Side’ concerts alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with orchestras including the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brampton Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Sinfonietta. She appeared as soloist with the TSYO on their tour to British Columbia, performing the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major under the baton of renowned conductor Alain Trudel. She also performed 'Summer' from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor and composer Ronald Royer.
Nicole has performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned artists, such as violinists Leonidas Kavakos, James Ehnes, Aaron Rosand, Vadim Gluzman, Leila Josefowicz, Jonathan Crow, and Victor Danchenko.
Aside from her musical endeavours, Nicole is an alumna of the University of Toronto Schools (UTS). She was an executive member of the UTS Action Committee, promoting and organizing local community service opportunities for students. She devotes her summers participating in various local and international community service initiatives in Peru, Thailand, and Cambodia. She will be traveling to El Salvador later this year on her third medical mission trip with the Global Health Outreach. Nicole is currently pursuing her first year studies at Western University in the Biological and Medical Sciences, where she is also studying at the Don Wright Faculty of Music under the tutelage of Mel Martin. She is the concertmaster of the Western University Symphony Orchestra, and earlier this year, was the winner of the faculty-wide Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition.