Mr. Matthew Li

Piano Teacher, Student

Matthew Li

SAA Member


Toronto, ON
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Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “pragmatic musician”, Chinese born pianist
Matthew Li is an up-and-coming classical musician in Canada. Mr. Li made his
orchestra debut in China with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. He has
then performed across Canada and also in United States, Austria, China and Hong
Kong. Mathew Li was a prize-winner of the 2014 Shean Competition in Edmonton,
Alberta, semi-finalist of the 2008 Stepping Stone Competition (Tremplin), and runnerup
of the 2007 Canadian Music Competition. His other achievements include winning
the Doctoral of Music Competition in University of Toronto (UT), the Johann Strauss
Scholarship Competition in University of British Columbia (UBC), and runner-up of
the Piano Concerto Competition held in Indiana University (IU). He was appointed
Associate Instructor in piano at the Indiana University between 2008 and 2010.

Mr. Li attended various music programs during the past summers, including the
Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Centre d’Arts Orford, and the Toronto Summer Music
Festival. He had the privilege to perform in masterclasses under well-known pianists
and pedagogues including Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin,
and Menahem Pressler.

Apart from being a solo pianist, Mr. Li is an active chamber musician and
collaborative pianist. In 2012, he co-founded a piano duo group Duo Interplay with his
wife, Melody Chan-Li, and were awarded on their debut performance the Third Place
in the 2012 International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition. By invitation from
the Canadian composer Gideon Kim, Mr. Li joined the Toronto Messiaen Ensemble
(TME) in 2013. In 2015, TME was invited by Colorado College as visiting ensemble-in-
residence and collaborated with leading American composers including David
Crumb, Michael Fiday, and Ofer Ben-Amots.

Matthew Li holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music, where he studied with Emile Naoumoff and Arnaldo Cohen. His
earlier teachers include Sara Davis Buechner from University of British Columbia and
Sheila Hardy from Vancouver Academy of Music. Mr. Li recently completed the
Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School and is currently pursuing Doctor of
Musical Arts at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Marietta Orlov.

Mr. Li teaches along with Melody Chan-Li at the Bay Street Piano Studio. For more information, please visit