Dr. Yichen Li

Dr. Li’s Education:

D.M.A. Vocal Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.M. Vocal Performance, Illinois State University 

B.A. Music Education, Nanjing Normal University

More about Dr. Li:

Dr. Yichen Li is a diverse musician whom has won numerous awards as a countertenor, pianist, and piano accompanist. Dr. li is an active performer and has recently appeared in leading roles such as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Nero-Caligula in Ilya Demutsky’s Black Square with Lyric Theatre at Illinois. Past performances also include Purcell’s King Arthur, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Yang Ming’s Sister Jiang. Additionally, Dr. Li has performed as a soloist with Sinfonia da Camera Chamber Orchestra and Cencerto Urbano Baroque Ensemble. In March 2018, Dr. Li presented his doctoral thesis Gao Weije’s Three Love Songs: A Guide for the Countertenor and the Nan Dan at his lecture recital.

In addition to Dr. Li’s career as a vocalist, he has earned many achievements as a pianist. Highlights of Dr. Li’s piano accomplishments include 1st place in solo piano and 1st place in piano accompanying at the 5th Jiangsu Collegiate Music Competition. Dr. Li has also worked as a collaborative pianist at the Conservatory of Central Illinois and as a student accompanist at Illinois State University.

Dr. Li earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (piano concentration) from Nanjing Normal University, where he served as a teaching assistant in piano, voice, and music theory. He received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Illinois State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary teachers include Professor Wang Bing, Professor Liu Yixin, Professor Тадияна Ивановна, Dr. Daniel Schuetz, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, and Dr. Charlotte Mattax Moersch.