Starting with this very young and amazing musician! Born in Melbourne in 2007, Christian first picked up a violin aged five. He first came to international attention in 2018 when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Menuhin Competition at just ten years old, winning joint Junior First Prize in Geneva.
He performed a movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a professional orchestra, play-conducting from the violin. He had recently joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a guest soloist for three years. During this time, he will perform with the orchestra in chamber music and recitals, as well as take part in masterclasses. This season he will also debut with Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, performing Ravel Tzigane and Saint-Saën Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
Christian Li is currently playing on the 1737 ex-Paulsen Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from a generous benefactor, and uses a bow by François Peccatte. Besides studying with Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, Christian also enjoys reading, swimming, and bike riding.
With his refreshingly honest approach to the violin, 20-year-old Swedish sensation Johan Dalene has already been called “the next big thing” on the international music scene. His refreshingly honest musicality, combined with an ability to engage with musicians and audiences alike, has won him many admirers, most recently as the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize.
He has, also, received scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Håkan Mogren Foundation Prize, Sixten Gemzéus stora musikstipendium, the G.T.Bäckmans Kulturstipendium, Norrköping Kommuns Kulturstipendium, Rolf Wirténs Kulturpris, Broocmanpriset and Equinor Classical Music Award of 2020.
Johan plays a Stradivarius violin from 1736, generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.