Chinese composer Dr. Xinyan Li has been acclaimed as "a formidable composer" and "a rare and very special
talent". Her music has been featured at Aspen Music Festival, Sveriges Radio (Sweden), National Center for the Performing Arts (China), 19th Nordic International Bassoon Symposium(Norway), Septembre musical de l'Orne (France),
Gamle Logen (Norway), The Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Shanghai Oriental Art Center (China),
5ème concours international de musique de chambre - Lyon (France), 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 National Conference etc. Dr. Li's music were performed by American
Composers Orchestra, Members of Eighth Blackbird, PRISM Quartet, Bergen Woodwind Quintet, Music From China,
Conundrum Woodwind Quintet, Principal musicians of Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Montreal, Bergen Orchestras and Orchestre National de France, Quintet of Americas, Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, bassoonist
Quintette K, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Principal Woodwind Quintet, Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet,
East Coast Composers Ensemble, Chicago New Music Ensemble,
UW-Madison Contemporary Ensemble, AACA Orchestra,
UMKC Orchestra, among others.
Dr. Xinyan Li has been invited as the visiting composer by Aspen Music Festival in 2007, where her woodwind quintet Mo Suo's Burial Ceremony was performed. In 2015, she is invited as the visiting composer by Aspen Music Festival again, and her sextet Mongolian Impressions will be performed. 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,
and twice for Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Li has taught composition and music theory in China Conservatory of Music and New York Philharmonic Orchestra's Very
Young Composers Program. She has given lectures at Grieg Academy in Bergen University in Norway, and Adelphi University in New York.