Violinist Valerie Li is a founding member of the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Young Canadian Musicians Award, and 2nd prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, along with the latter's Székely Prize for Best Interpretation of Beethoven. The quartet’s album, “Spin Cycle”, was featured in both Forbes’ and CBC Music’s top 10 classical recordings of the year. Valerie has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen. She tours extensively with DJ Kid Koala in the multidisciplinary live production of Nufonia Must Fall.
Valerie received her Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute, her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Miriam Fried, Herbert Greenberg, and Gwen Thompson, with whom she studied in her hometown of Vancouver.
Valerie teaches at the Glenn Gould School, the Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, and the
Oscar Peterson School of Music (formerly the Royal Conservatory School). As a member of the Afiara Quartet, she has held residencies at San Francisco State University and The Juilliard School, serving as teaching assistant to the Alexander and Juilliard String Quartets, as well as at the Glenn Gould School, as Fellowship Quartet. She has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto with the Cecilia Quartet. Valerie has been invited to teach and give masterclasses at Brandon University, University of Iowa, University of Alberta, Orkester Efterskolen in Holstebro, Denmark, Stanford University, Yehudi Menuhin Seminar, Music at Port Milford, Indiana University Summer String Academy, Chamber Music of the Rockies, and Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, among others. She has been a jury member of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition and the Hamilton Music Festival, and frequently adjudicates Glenn Gould School recitals and juries.