Violinist FangFang Li is an experienced performer, educator and arts administrator. Li grew up in a musical family. She began violin studies at age 4 with her grandfather and father, and later studied with Wang ZhiLong from the Central-Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At age 7, she made her orchestral solo debut playing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. At age 14, Li was accepted to Idyllwild Arts Academy and studied under Todor Pelev. She attended the Aspen Music Festival with a fellowship in 2001, where she met her college violin teacher, Kurt Sassmannshaus. Later that year, Li entered the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a full scholarship. She was a graduate teaching assistant and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance, respectively.
During her school years in Cincinnati, Li was a member of the Baur Quartet. The quartet was named CCM’s first Fellowship String Quartet in Residence. They played numerous concerts and held master classes at local schools, as well as throughout the United States. The quartet was also chosen as resident artist quartet for the Next Generation Music Festival where they toured with pianist Awadagin Pratt. Li directed the Sassmannshaus Tradition, a local string program for young children. As the director, Li taught and organized outreach concerts for students to perform both within and outside of the program. After graduating from CCM, Li became the Managing Director for the Starling Project Foundation. She was also on violin and chamber music faculty for the acclaimed Cincinnati Starling Preparatory String Project. Li was responsible for translating the comprehensive violin teaching website into Chinese. She continues to use her bilingual ability to assist communicating between organizations from the two countries.
Li currently lives in San Diego with her family. After working for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory as their String Coach and Ensembles Administrator for many years, she is now pursing her passion as a Suzuki teacher and parent. Li currently performs with Eliana Strings while maintaining a private teaching studio in Carmel Valley.