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Hang Li

  • Piano
Continuing Education
  • Piano
Hang Li Headshot


AGC 324

Instruments Taught



Artist Certificate, Southern Methodist University

MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

BM, Central Conservatory of Music, China

Teaching is the joyful journey where I discover each student's individual strength and develop the approach accordingly in order to bring out the best musicianship through the combination of solid technical fundamental and refined musical expressions."

— Hang Li


What is your hometown?

Beijing, China

What ensembles do you/have you perform(ed) with?

Central conservatory trio 

What are you passionate about outside of music?

World traveling, Painting, Photography.

Who were your major teachers?

Joaquin Achucarra, Mack McCray, Qinfang Li, Yuan Ling.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"Believe in yourself and try your best."

What is your daily practice routine?

Always start warming up from different kinds of finger exercises, then fine tune some repertories, read something new.

What do you think makes a concert experience unique?

Play as beautiful as you can, build strong connection with the audience.


Hang Li's illustrious career began with her graduation from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China at the age of 20. She became the youngest piano faculty member at the Central Conservatory of Music in China and the youngest member of the judging committee for the Piano Performance Certificate administered by the Chinese Musician's Association in Beijing. Ms. Li has performed in some of the most renowned concert halls across China, the US, and Europe, earning high praise for her "truly poetic and exhilarating" performances, which are characterized by her "exquisite and sensitive touch." Ms. Li is an active pianist for the Joaquin Achucarro Foundation. She is also a frequent adjudicator of piano competitions in the US and China.

At the age of 10, Ms. Li made her solo recital debut at the Tianjin Concert Hall in Tianjin, China. Her Beijing Concert Hall debut in 1996, featuring Chinese and Western contemporary piano works, received glowing reviews. Ms. Li gave the Chinese premiere of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the Shanghai Concert Hall in 1997, delivering a fresh interpretation that showcased her impressive maturity and skill. Before settling in the Bay Area, Ms. Li served as a faculty member at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Coppell Conservatory, and Yew Chung International School.

Ms. Li's students have been selected for world-class piano competitions such as the Van Cliburn Junior Competition, Hilton Head International Competitions, and have won numerous top prizes at prestigious piano events including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Pacific Music Competition, Enkor Competition, MTAC Piano Competition, Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, and many more. Many of her students have also decided to pursue music majors and have been accepted into esteemed music programs such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Stanford, Yale, and Cornell University. Ms. Li's students have been invited to world-renowned music festivals with scholarships, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, Bowdoin International Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Music@Menlo.

Hang Li received her Master's of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an Artist's Certificate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, an Artist Diploma from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.