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about iVan

Praised for his “phenomenal musical expression” (James Ehnes), award-winning violinist Ivan Li is a dynamic international performer. He graduated from Brandon University with Distinction and is now pursuing M.Mus under the tutelage of Erika Raum at Western University. Ivan has performed in Canada, the United States, Japan and China with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Kerson Leong, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Andrew Armstrong, and New Orford String Quartet. He is a trophy winner at the Brandon Festival of the Arts 2019. Ivan has served as a violin instructor at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music since 2019. He is a substitute violinist at the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. His students have been admitted to prestigious music schools such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Shenyang Conservatory of Music. During his studies, he is a Teaching Assistant in his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has performed in masterclasses with many world-renown violinists. His interest is not only in solo performance but also in chamber music and orchestral music.

Praised for his “phenomenal musical expression” (James Ehnes), award-winning violinist Zifan Ivan Li is a dynamic international performer. He graduated from Brandon University with Distinction and is now pursuing M.Mus in Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Erika Raum at Western University. He has performed in Canada, the United States, Japan and China with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and New Orford String Quartet. He is a trophy winner at the Brandon Festival of the Arts 2019. Ivan has served as a violin instructor at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music since 2019. He is a substitute violinist at the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. During his studies, he is a Teaching Assistant in his undergraduate and graduate studies.


Born and raised in Dalian, China, Ivan began his life-long passion for the violin at the age of four, learning with his father, who is a guest concertmaster and pedagogue. At the age of 16, Ivan continued his study of the violin in Japan for three years to further his training and performed several recitals in Ibaraki. He has performed in Canada, Japan and China with internationally renowned orchestras, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Ishioka Community Chamber Orchestra, and the Scotia Festival of Music Orchestra.


Currently, Ivan is pursuing his graduate studies on scholarship at Western University. He was also awarded scholarships during his undergraduate studies at Brandon University in Manitoba. Ivan gratefully acknowledges the mentorship of Kerry DuWors during his years of musical training at Brandon University. Ivan also performed and has masterclasses with many world-renown musicians such as James Ehnes, Erika Raum, Kerson Leong, Airi Yoshioka, Duo 526, New Orford String Quartet, John Novacek, Simon Fryer, Andrew Armstrong, Sharon Wei, Tomas Wiebe, Scott St. John and Philippe Djokic.


He is a recent trophy winner at the Brandon Festival of the Arts, where he competed at the provincial level for multiple years. Along with being a passionate performer, he is an experienced teacher. Ivan has served as a violin instructor at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music in Canada and China. His students have been admitted to prestigious music schools such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Shenyang Conservatory of Music.


Ivan has always been an avid member and leader of a number of chamber music ensembles and orchestras. He is a substitute violinist at the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has served as principal of the Brandon University Orchestra and performed with them on tour across the Westman/Parkland region. His trio performance also made it to the provincial finals competition in Manitoba. The Penderecki String Quartet praised his performance of the Brahms Violin Sonata. “... beautiful musical expression and wonderful collaboration between the violin and piano...” The Kun shoulder rest company has featured Ivan’s performances on their official social media.