Violinist Christian Li makes his New Zealand debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday 21 April at Auckland Town Hall. He will perform Saint-Saens’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso and Ravel’s Tzigane. The full programme also includes Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite, Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain and Borodin’s Symphony No.2. Vincent Hardaker conducts. More information and tickets can be found here.

Born in Melbourne Australia in 2007, Christian began learning the violin at the age of 5 and made his solo debut at the age of 9 with the Australasian Orchestra, and his professional concerto debut at 10, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Orchestra Victoria. Since becoming the youngest-ever Junior 1st Prize winner of the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of 10, Christian went on to become the youngest artist signed with Decca Classics. From 2022, he is Young Artist in Association with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing concertos, chamber music and taking part in masterclasses. Christian performs on the 1737 ex-Paulsen Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from a generous benefactor and uses a bow by François Peccatte. He studies under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

Photo credit: Albert Comper