• Li K
    Li K

Areas of Expertise

Low Brass


DMA, The University of Texas at Austin 2014
MM, The University of Michigan 2013
BM, Bowling Green State University 2011
BM, Sichuan Conservatory of Music 2007


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
Southwestern University
August 22, 2016 - present


Originally from China, Li grew up in the city of Chengdu and started his formal trombone training at the age of 10. Li has earned his degrees from Sichuan Conservatory of Music (BM), Bowling Green State University (BM) with Full-ride Scholarship, the University of Michigan (MM) in Trombone Performance and Chamber Music worked as the Ida Hopkins Fellow, and DMA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016.

At the age of 19, Li won a professional position with Sichuan Symphony Orchestra/Sichuan Opera Orchestra, a premium orchestra of a city of 10 million people. Between years of 2005-2007, Li frequently substituted for Chengdu Philharmonic and Sichuan Film Orchestra. In the United States, Li have performed with Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Perrysburg Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Flat Rock Symphony, Detroit Chamber Orchestra and Idyllwild International Music Festival Orchestra. Li was also the Principal Trombonist of Detroit Civic Orchestra, which performed regularly in Max Fisher Hall in downtown Detroit.


Li has participated in Summer Trombone Workshop, Bar Harbor Brass Week, Idyllwild International Music Festival, Michael Mulcahy Trombone Class and was invited to participate in 2012 and 2015 prestigious Alessi Seminar. In 2011, Li was invited to perform at International Trombone Festival Showcase Concerto.

Honors and Awards

Li was the winner of several national and international competitions. In Asia, Li was a prizewinner in the 2004 Chinese National Brass Competition and was named twice the “Top 10 Young Artists” in Chengdu city. In the US, Li was the winner of International Frank Smith Competition, Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition and was awarded runner-up in the UT Concerto Competition. Li was the lead player in the Internationally-Acclaimed UT Trombone Choir, that was placed the second in 2014 Remington International Trombone Choir Competition.


The newest addition to the faculty of Southwestern University, Sarofim Schoo of Fine Arts, Li also serves professorship at Blinn College, Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Brenham, TX. In addition to his college teaching responsibilities, Li teaches low brass at Austin, Round Rock, and Georgetown Independent School Districts. Li previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and was frequently invited to teach masterclasses at Sichuan Conservatory of music in China during the summer.

Li’s primary teachers are Dr. Nathaniel Brickens, David Jackson, Bill Mathis and Garth Simmons, received additional private instructions from Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Kenneth Thompkins (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Nitzan Haroz and Matt Vaughn (Philadelphia Orchestra).


Li Currently resides in Cedar Park, TX with his wife Iris, and two Children Vincent and April. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball.