Boya Li - Piano

Ms. Boya Li is an accomplished pianist celebrated for her outstanding achievements in music competitions and extensive performance experience. She triumphed with First Prize at the 2019 Denver International Piano Competition, and continued her winning streak by securing First Prize at the 2020 Mississippi MTNA Young Artist competition. Additionally, she was awarded Second Prize at the 2021 Mississippi Music Teachers Association Graduate Solo Division, showcasing her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft. 

Ms. Li has an impressive record of performance, having given 7 solo recitals and participated in over 20 chamber music and collaborative performances in the last five years. Her diverse repertoire spans from Baroque to contemporary music, evidencing her versatile musicianship and deep understanding of different musical eras. 

In addition to her performance and competition successes, Ms. Li is also a passionate educator. She currently serves as an instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi, teaching courses such as MED 101 Piano Level I, MED Piano Level II, and MUP 103 Private Piano Lessons for Non-Piano Majors. Her effectiveness as a teacher is further highlighted by her online private students winning Second Place in both the 17th Century Music and the 18th Century Music categories of the Great Composers Competition in 2020. 

Ms. Li holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She has furthered her education with studies at the China Conservatory of Music and the Tianjin Conservatory of Music (affiliated Music Middle School), under the guidance of esteemed mentors including Manchun Chen, Meina Yu, Adam Żukiewicz, and Ellen Elder. 

Beyond her musical pursuits, Ms. Li enjoys a rich life filled with connections to people, animals, sports, travel, and nature, drawing inspiration from the world around her.