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Tong Li, Violin and Viola

Violinist Tong Li is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she was the finalist
in their concerto competition studying with Dr. James Stern while holding the chamber music graduate assistantship. She did her undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Renee Jolles, and her previous studies were at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Vladimir Deninzon of the Cleveland Orchestra. Tong frequently played with Symphoria in Syracuse and was an associate member with the Chicago Civic Orchestra for its 2020-2021 season. She was recently the concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival. Tong has participated in summer festivals such as Interlochen, Brevard, AIMs in Graz, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Institute, where she held principal positions.


An advocate for music composed by minority and female composers, Tong received the
M-cubator grant from the University of Maryland and curated an Asian-American Composers concert featuring artists and composers of diverse backgrounds. Tong has been a member of many contemporary ensembles such as Eastman Musica Nova, NOI+F’s contemporary ensemble, and is currently playing with ARCO - a chamber group formed in UMD that performs and teaches across the DMV area and recently taught a Suzuki workshop at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

Tong has soloed with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra and the St. Petersburg summer festival orchestra playing Mozart’s violin concerto no.4 and Wieniawski’s violin concerto no.2. She was also the recipient of scholarships from the Cleveland Orchestra Women’s Club and CPEA talent scholarship competition. She has played in masterclasses for Ani Kavafian, Frank Huang, Audrey Wright, Giora Schmidt, Gary Levinson, Peter Zazofsky, and Melissa White. Other mentors include Juliana Athayde, Alexander Kerr, Jennifer Ross, Jing Qiao, Soh-Hyun Park, and Corinne Stillwell. Tong maintains an active performing and teaching schedule across the DMV area.