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Featured by Schmopera

  • November 9, 2016

Teng was interviewed by Schmopera in advance of her upcoming Walton Viola Concerto performances with the Toronto Symphony, November 9 & 11, 2016.  Click here to read the full feature. Here's a snippet: The Walton Concerto has become one of the most standard repertoires in viola literature. In the baroque, classical, and romantic period, the viola has typically been neglected as a solo instrument, it probably had something to do with the low standard of viola playing. In the 20th century, many fantastic violists started rising, performing as chamber musicians and soloists. Thanks to them,...

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New York Times talks 1939

  • September 19, 2015

The New York Times talks 1939 in their 'Classical Playlist'! Here's the paragraph: "The shadow of war and persecution hangs heavily over this deeply poignant recording of music written around 1939. The violist Teng Li brings a ripe, burnished sound and elegant command of phrasing to a fascinating program. Hindemith‬’s intense Sonata for Viola and Piano is the only known quantity here, framed by a Concertino by the Belgian composer Joseph ‪#‎Jongen‬; wistful arrangements of love songs by Viktor ‪Ullmann‬, who perished in Auschwitz; and a pensive arrangement of “The Moon Reflected...

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LA Times Shout Out to 1939!

  • September 19, 2015

The Los Angeles Times uses 1939 as an example in this article on streaming. Here's a snippet: "Teng Li, the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, got interested in what the viola landscape was like in 1939, the year Hindemith wrote one of the more important sonatas for her instrument. A terrible year, the German composer was on the verge of immigrating to America, and Li has surrounded Hindemith's Viola Sonata with a moving collection of works by two less fortunate Jewish Czech composers — Viktor Ullmann and Gideon Klein — who died in Auschwitz; a score by Joseph Jongen who fled...

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1939: CD Release confirmed for June 22, 2015

  • April 22, 2015
1939:  CD Release confirmed for June 22, 2015

Teng will release her upcoming CD on June 22, 2015 (Azica Records). The disc features works by JONGEN,ULLMANN, HINDEMITH, HUA and KLEIN. Guest artists on the CD are pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and violinist Benjamin Bowman. Stay tuned for more information about the CD launch and more!

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Teng Li talks viola on CBC In Concert

  • February 26, 2015
Teng Li talks viola on CBC In Concert

In part of a multi-part series on the instruments of the orchestra, principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Teng Li, talked to CBC In Concert about the viola section (aired February 22, 2015).  Listen to the full interview here:

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New Concert Series for Trio Arkel!

  • October 26, 2013
New Concert Series for Trio Arkel!

Trio Arkel (members are Marie Berard, Teng Li and Winona Zelenka) have started a concert series.  The concerts for the 2013/14 season will be November 17, March 9 and June 29.  Tickets area available for purchase below. Tickets are $20/adults & $10 students & seniors.  The venue is the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, Toronto - NEXT TO EATON CENTRE conveniently right downtown | MAP IT). Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading...Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

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Schnittke Concert Reviews Are In

  • October 26, 2013
Schnittke Concert Reviews Are In

For a soloist, Esprit couldn’t have done better than Li. Her rich tone brought a much-needed warmth to this piece. Her second-movement furioso opening was astonishing in its intensity. And in Li’s hands, the daunting chords in the cadenza at the start of the third movement were no impediment to the soaring grande ligne of the passage." -Colin Eatock, full review here Ms Li became our stalwart leader through this musical journey, marked by the composer’s deployment of the sounds from the extreme ends of the musical spectrum, accentuated by the absence of violins, the instruments that typically...

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Soloist with Esprit Orchestra October 24

  • October 8, 2013
Soloist with Esprit Orchestra October 24

Enjoy our video profile of @violaflying Oct 24 New Era Launch concert's featured soloist: http://t.co/Gpjw2wRlZ5— Esprit Orchestra (@EspritOrchestra) October 8, 2013

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Recording in Progress…

  • May 24, 2013
Recording in Progress…

No details to share at this time, but here are some pictures of a recording project Teng is working on at the moment. Stay tuned for details!  

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New Website Online!

  • April 16, 2013
New Website Online!

Welcome to the new website, put together by Bōwman Media.  In addition to the new website, Teng has joined the social media realm with Twitter, Facebook and Weibo.

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