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Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts

ARTHUR SIYUN LI

Piano, Music Theory

Arthur Siyun Li (b.1998) is a Hong Kong-Canadian pianist and composer currently based in New York City. He is pursuing dual master’s degrees in Classical Piano and Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM).

As a pianist, Arthur performs actively as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist in the United States and Canada. He has a keen interest in new music and has premiered several new chamber works in concert by composers at MSM. Recent performances include City Lyric Opera’s U.S. premiere of Elizabeth Raum’s new chamber opera “The Garden of Alice” in May 2022, and chamber works of Andriessen and Schumann at Scotia Music Festival’s Highlight Concerts as part of the Young Artist Program in June 2022.

As a teacher, the knowledge and skills that Arthur hopes to impart to students through lessons are centered around principles of holistic and independent musicianship. His philosophy is to work towards sensitivity and reflection while playing and listening, as well as strong theoretical knowledge. Arthur aims for students to be able to seek out or create music that they are enthusiastic about, and to feel confident that they can successfully realize the music with their own abilities and ideas.

As a composer, Arthur’s work has received notable prizes and commissions. His work aims to elucidate and elaborate the layered relationships between music and poetics. It centers (by relating and organizing as sound) various practices and philosophies of poetic thought, from Shinto and Buddhist concepts of impermanence and malleability influencing classical Chinese and Japanese literature to the aesthetic and expressive impulses behind techniques like line break and metaphor. Arthur’s recent work also seeks to privilege concepts of migrant and Asian American identity and experience.

Arthur is a recipient of the Tactus Commission Prize and the President’s Award Scholarship at MSM, as well as the Silver Medal for piano in the Canadian Music Competition (2009). He is under the tutelage of Alexandre Moutouzkine (piano), Susan Botti, and Reiko Füting (composition).