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Peng Li  |  Cello  |  Assistant Principal,
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Peng Li

Peng Li joined the North Carolina Symphony as its Assistant Principal Cellist in the fall of 2008. He was a member of the San Antonio Symphony, as well as a sub for the Houston Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Mr. Li attended the Tanglewood Music Center in the summers of  2005 and 2006 and was principal cellist for the 2006 premiere of Elliot Carter's opera What Next?, conducted by James Levine. Mr. Li also has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto USA.

A native of Houston, TX,  Mr. Li received a Masters of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Norman Fischer and Brinton Smith. Prior to attending Rice, Mr. Li graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA with a Bachelors of Music. His principal teachers were Peter Stumpf and Michael Reynolds. As a chamber musician, Mr. Li has also been coached by members of the Cleveland, Muir, Concord and Borromeo String Quartets.



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