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MARQUETTE — A renowned violist will be featured in tonight’s Orchester symphonique Marquette concert, “A universe of music” from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Auditorium.

Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who has performed in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain and Israel.

She has performed frequently with the award-winning trio Koinonia, who have been playing together since 2015.

“This is very fun,” Li said he has performed in places like Marquette. “It’s great to meet musicians from other cities like this, and it’s amazing that this is the 25th season of Marquette Symphony. So I’m really excited to play with them.

She will perform Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch, sponsored by Innovate Marquette SmartZone.

Li has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has performed with violin and viola as a guest artist at Maui Classical Music Festival, Center Stage Strings, Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and Ann Arbor Chamber Fest.

Li has played prominent roles in various arts organizations and is artistic director of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and president of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a non-profit organization in Anchorage, Alaska. She served as Co-Director of Education at Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy from 2016-2019.

She won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and won prizes in other competitions.

In 2012, she was selected as the winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award and Scholarship and presented a recital with YAA director Juliana Osinchuk.

Li grew up in a family of musicians and began studying violin at age 5 and piano at age 10.

His primary childhood teachers were Beverly Beheim for violin and Rumi Smith for piano.

She made her international debut at the age of 10 at the Talent Education Research Institute’s Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.

She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2019, studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and completed her Masters of Music at the Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien in Germany.

“I started when I was 5, and it’s been part of my life ever since,” Li talked about his violin experience. “I think that’s part of who I am and how I express myself best.

“And I love the amount of work it takes. It’s incredibly rewarding, and most importantly, the music I get to play, it’s just timeless, amazing music that’s survived hundreds of years. I feel feel very lucky to be able to play pieces like Bruch’s concerto.

Li is currently an Assistant Violin Professor at The Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio.

“We are delighted to conclude our 25th season with a virtuoso violin soloist and an audience favorite piece of music,” MSO vice president Andrew LaCombe said in an email.

“The 25th anniversary is an important milestone for an organization like ours. MSO is excited for other great events to come, including a free community concert in July.

Tickets for tonight’s concert are available through NMU Tickets at or by calling 906-227-1032.

Tickets are free for children ages 6-14 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is

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