Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at many prestigious concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the 92nd Street Y. He has also performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, and the Verbier Festival. Mr. Li is a prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He was also a recipient of the “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


  • The Juilliard School
  • Peabody Institute

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music (2017-present)
  • University of Central Florida (2016-17)
  • Indiana University (2009-16)
  • Rocky Ridge Music Center Young Artist Seminar (2015-present)