Nicholas Li

Nicholas Li

Nicholas is the winner of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s J. Edmunds & Thelma D. Miller Young Artist Competition for the 2022-23 season. He will appear as a featured soloist on LSO’s March 11, 2023, Pops concert at the Lied center. He has performed for the master classes with distinguished artists Zlatomir Fung at the 2022 UNL Cellobration and Zachary Carrettin at the 2022 UNL String Fling in October. He also has performed for several master classes with Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Ruth Boden, and Ho Anthony Ahn in the past.

Nicholas won 3rd prize in the 2021 MAP International Music Competition (cello) with the Prelude from Bach’s cello suite no. 2, as well as 3rd prize in the 2021 OPUS Music Competition (strings) with the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto no. 1. He won 1st place in the 2022 MAP-IMC in the spring (ages 14-16) this year. Additionally, he got the audience award and 2nd place overall in the 2021 Rocky Mountain Music Competition with his composition “The Dream.” He also won 1st place in the Winter 2022 Rocky Mountain Music Competition in the highly competitive advanced strings category for ages 13-14. He was invited to perform in Toronto, Canada twice, but he was unable to go due to COVID-19 and travel plans. He participated and made a finalist in the EMO 2022 String Concerto Competition. Additionally, he won second place in the 2022 MUSE International Music Competition in the C category. He also received 2nd place in the American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition 2022 and an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, but he couldn’t go due to his competition at the 2022 Tiger-Rock Taekwondo World Tournament. In summer 2022, he won the Audience award and 2nd place in the Red Maple Music Competition Concerto Competition and have been invited to play at the winners’ recital and award ceremony in Toronto, Canada next August.

Nicholas is 15 years old, began studying cello at age 9 with Tracy Sands, the Assistant Principal cellist of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas is the principal cellist of Lincoln Youth Symphony. He was the principal cellist of Youth Ensemble of Strings(YES), Junior Youth Orchestra(JYO), and Lincoln Homeschool Senior Orchestra. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Joshua Dowd at the 2016 Homeschool spring concert, and played the Eccles Sonata in G minor at the 2018 JYO winter concert as a soloist. He also played in the Lincoln Homeschool Orchestra quartet for 3 graduation gigs. He had a professional gig at the 2022 Lincoln Arts Festival, where he performed the Bach Cello Suite no.1 in G major.

Nicholas has studied piano with Catherine Herbener since February 2019. He auditioned and participated in the Lied Center Piano Academy in July 2021 and 2022.

You can find Nicholas’s 2022 Romantic Music Competition cello performance here.