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Libiao Li Biao

Li Biao, one of the few outstanding solo percussionists in the recent international music stage, win the world acclaim as an exceptional solo percussionist in the contemporary era by virtue of his extraordinary musicality of the percussion instruments as well as his unique demeanor.

Born in Nanking, China, Li Biao manifested his natural endowment in music at a very early age. He began his musical studies at the age of five. At the age of seven, Li had already performed as soloist representing China in many countries. He attended the China Conservatory of Music in the year 1982 for percussion study. Upon graduation in 1988, Li was selected by the Chinese government as the first percussionist to study in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Learning from V. Sniegerew, Li Biao graduated with a master degree of first honor. After winning the DAAD scholarship, Li continued his music education at the Munich Conservatory of Music in Germany between 1995 and 1998 and graduated with a Master Diploma.

During his studies,Li attained rewards in many international prestigious competitions, such as the Debrecen Percussion Competition in 1993 and the Alimata Music Competition in 1995. Consequently, he became the first Chinese, who won the international percussion competition.
As a talented soloist, Li is competent in performing an extensive range of musical work. Apart from various musical pieces from different periods, he also plays his own percussion work, written specially for him by many accomplished composers after inspired by his extraordinary performances. Li is proficient in playing a variety of percussion instruments including Marimba to others from Africa, America, Europe and Asia. At the concert, Li tends to perform more than 50 to 60 different kinds of percussion instruments, so as to reveal a fresh musical world to the audience. Li Biao gave a great number of solo recitals during various music festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival der National, Fuji Music Festival and Bela Bartok Festival, Bad Kissingen Music Festival, Music Biennale Zagreb, Night of percussion in Berlin philharmonic and Music Viva, etc. Li has performed his percussion pieces in more than 70 countries, as well as cooperated with renowned orchestras and chamber philharmonic society, such as: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,Bamberg Symphoniker, China Philharmonic Orchestra and many others around the world.

Li Biao has recorded his percussion albums with world famous record companies, such as EMI and Teldec. Li Biao has also given lessons at many music institutes in Europe U.S, and Japan as well as took the role of judge at international percussion competitions.

In the year 2003, Li Biao accepted the invitation from Beijing Central Conservatory of Music as a music professor there. Simultaneously, he began to teach in Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns-Eisler” in Berlin and was employed as a professor later in 2006. Thus, Li became the first Asian percussionist who was offered the title of professor of the prestigious music institute in the world.
In 2008, Li Biao and his percussion group were invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and recorded all the percussion music for the closing ceremony. In 2008 and 2009, Li Biao led his percussion group to hold a series of concerts in 14 cities in China under the sponsor of Mercedes-Benz and stirred up the mania of percussion music in China mainland. From April to May 2009, Li Biao delivered 22 concerts on a trans-era tour of eight European countries.

In 2008,Li Biao received the "National Spirit Achiever Award" from Mercedes-Benz, AMG and City Magazine. In the same year, he was awarded “Men of Taste and Success 2009” by Men’s Bazaar in 2009.

Li Biao’s major recent concerts include the First International Percussion Festival at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, a world percussion feast of which he acted as music director, European and Asian tours, as well as a proposed world tour with the Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.

Comments on Li Biao from International Media
La Repubblica (Italy): the music of Li Biao like a surge overwhelmingly came at you, and every corner of the music hall was immersed with his touching rhythm.

Austrian Kronenzeitung: unparalleled glory
Germany Süddeutsche Zeitung:  indescribable shocks moved the audience into tears

Budapest Daily: unimaginable techniques
Classic Music Magazine: a percussion music, touched you into tears