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Sandy Li

Collaborative Piano

2023 Collaborative Pianist

Taiwanese pianist Sandy Li began her piano studies at age 4. She moved to New York City at age 12 where she studied with Ruth Slenczynska and Martin Canin. She entered the Manhattan School of Music Precollege with full scholarship at age 15, studying under Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.

As a soloist, Sandy is a winner of numerous competitions and honors. She was awarded third prize in the Japan Classical Music Competition and was a first prize winner of the Piano Teachers Congress Competition where she debuted her first solo performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall at age 16. She has been invited to the IV Encuentro de Jovenes Pianistas Piano Festival in Cuba. She was featured in New England Conservatory’s piano department project of contemporary composer repertoire, where she performed Quincy Porter’s Piano Sonata in Jordan Hall.

In addition to her solo studies, she is also an active chamber music lover. Her piano trio group was selected to be featured in the community engagement broadcast for Music for Food organization by the chamber music committee at New England Conservatory. Alongside performance, Sandy was a teaching assistant for the theory department at New England Conservatory, where she instructed keyboard theory classes.

Before switching her focus to collaborative piano, Sandy was previously a recipient of both the William Harrison Barnes & Prof. L.D. Davis Scholarships at Bienen School of Music, where she originally pursued her Master of Music degree in piano performance under the guidance of Sylvia Wang. Last summer, she attended the Collaborative Piano program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Sandy Li has been elected as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda — National Music Honor Society in recognition of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Music Education Concentration at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Gabriel Chodos and Meng-Chieh Liu. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory, under the guidance of Peishan Lee and Cameron Stowe.