My Hope is to run, dance and fly to the sound of my cello…
” the epitome of international, cool, young and elegant, Li Lu plays with a passion that takes flight both sonically and visually” – Sky Arts
As a soloist and Chamber musician, Li Lu has a considerable number of performance experiences across Asia and Europe. Highlight of her performance appearances included at the Edinburg International Festival in UK, the Singapore International Music Festival, the Beijing International Modern Music Festival and the Kronburg International Cello Festival in Germany. Most recent successes include her new recording work: In Love with Bach – the complete Bach cello suites, and live performance on the BBC Radio 4 presented by Sandi Toksvig. In 2010, she went on an artistic challenge, spending 35 days traveling across Europe from Athens to Edinburgh, surviving purely on her musical talent. As the winner, she was recently profiled in a Sky Arts documentary ‘Art of Survival‘.
In 2012, Li Lu has just been awarded a research and development grant by the Arts Council England, alongside the leading architect, theatre and opera designer Pippa Nissen, visual artist and costume designer Caroline Collinge. The grant is to develop Li Lu’s new and original theatrical interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites. Li Lu is the Winner of the Sky Arts TV programme Art of Survival (2010) and BBC Performing Arts Fund (2007). She also received the RNCM Entrance Award and the Irish Arts Council Professional Development Training Award(2006) during her study at RNCM.
Originating from China, Li Lu started her musical journey when she was given a cello by her father on her fifth birthday. Her natural aptitude for the instrument soon took her from her home town, Zheng Zhou, to the Wu Han Conservatory of Music where she completed her undergraduate studies, and then to Beijing where she was the youngest member of the National Ballet Orchestra(2002-2004). In 2005, Li Lu decided to travel to Europe, the home of classical music, to experience the Western culture. Her first destination was Ireland, where she released her debut CD Believe and went on a national tour of playing the Bach cello suites. One year later, she won a major scholarship to continue her studies with the celebrated cellist, Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she gained the Post-Graduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction in 2008. Li Lu has been honored to play in many masterclasses given by Mr. Bernard Greenhouse, Partrick Demenga, Christoph Richte and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Currently Li Lu lives in Manchester. She is the guest leading cellist of the Concordia Cello Ensemble and supported by the Concordia Foundation in London. She also collaborate with the Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas as a cello&guitar duo, and the Australian pianist Lee Cheong as Li&Lee Duo.