Li La / Photo: Li La

Li La
*2002 in China

Studies with Frans Helmerson

Kronberg Academy Precollege

funded by Verena von der Groeben

Li La


Cellist Li La was born in Hangzhou, China, in 2002 and began her musical education on the piano before transitioning to the cello at the age of seven. During these initial years, her teachers included Zhang Baojun and Cao Min, and at nine years old she was admitted to the primary school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2016, Richard L Aaron and Sieun Lin accepted her into their classes as a precollege student of the Juilliard School in New York. She gained further experience by attending masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Frans Helmerson, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrell and David Geringas.

Even at a young age, Li La won first prizes in numerous international competitions. These include the 2011 International Music Competition in Osaka, the 2012 Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb, the international Fulham Music Competition in Paris, and the 2014 International Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians in Moscow, from which she emerged as the youngest ever winner.

Li La was invited to perform at the Verbier Festival and at the 5th Mini Verbier Festival in Munich. She has given concerts with orchestras such as the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra.

Since October 2018, she has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. Her studies are funded by the Verena von der Groeben Stipendium.

Last updated: December 2018