Chinese composer Xinyan Li has been acclaimed as "a formidable composer" and "a rare and very special
talent". Her works have been performed throughout U.S. such as New York, Aspen, Las Vegas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor,
Madison, Kansas City, as well as France, Norway, Germany and China. Her music has been performed by American
Composers Orchestra, Members of Eighth Blackbird, PRISM Quartet, Music From China,
Conundrum Woodwind Quintet, Bergen Woodwind Quintet, Quintet of Americas, bassoonist
Professor Jeffrey Lyman,
Quintette K, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Principal Woodwind Quintet, Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet,
East Coast Composers Ensemble, Chicago New Music Ensemble,
East Winds Quintet, UMKC Music Nova Ensemble,
UW-Madison Contemporary Ensemble, AACA Orchestra,
UMKC Orchestra, among others.
Xinyan Li has been invited as one of the 12 visiting composers by Aspen Music Festival in 2007, where her woodwind quintet Mo Suo's Burial Ceremony was performed by Mark Sparks, Richard Woodhams,
Theodore Oien, John Zirbel, and Per Hannevold in Harris Hall. Her awards and honors include International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011,
American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, grant from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts grant for individual artist,
Tsang-Houei Hsu International Music Composition Award,
Libby Larsen Prize from International Alliance of Women in Music,
Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, Music From China 10th International Composition Competition,
and twice for Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship.
Her music has been featured at Aspen Music Festival, The Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Septembre musical de l'Orne (France), National Center for the Performing Arts (China),
Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Gamle Logen (Norway), Shanghai Oriental Art Center (China),
5ème concours international de musique de chambre - Lyon (France), Bayer Kulturabteilung Spielzeit 08/09 (Germany), Nevada Encounters of New Music, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Midwest
Graduate Music Consortium's 11th and 15th Annual Conferences and SCI Region VI Conference etc.
Xinyan Li received her Doctoral degree at University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studied with
professors Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Zhou Long and Paul Rudy. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees
at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she studied with professors Jin Xiang and Yang Tongba.
As a piano accompanist, Xinyan Li has played for singers at Lincoln Center in New York, National Library Concert
Hall in Beijing, China Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, among others. As an educator, she has taught music
theory in pre-college of China Conservatory of Music and given lectures in New York and New Jersey.