Pei LI learned to play the violin with Mr. Liu Chaoji before entering the Middle School Affiliated to Sichuang Conservatory of Music, studying under Prof. Hu Weimin. In 1993, he entered Central Conservatory of Music, studying under Prof. Wang Zhenshan.
Upon graduating in 1997 with excellent grades, Pei LI entered China National Symphony Orchestra, and in 2000 joined the newly-founded China Philharmonic Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster. Since then, he has been invited to record many pedagogical CDs for the violin and for chamber ensemble. He is also active as a soloist, performing among others Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, to great acclaim.
Pei LI then furthered his study in USC Thornton School of Music under Alice Schoenfeld, where he also drew attention from Midori and Gil Shaham.
Since 2009, Pei LI was appointed Concertmaster of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, taking part in tours in China and the 12-city North American tour with resounding success. LI has collaborated with conductors and soloists including Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Jacek Kaspszyk, Okko Kamu, David Stern, Istzak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kun Woo Paik, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yo-yo Ma and Jian Wang. His technical accomplishment, artistic maturity, precision in execution and strong sense of collaboration have impressed his colleagues, who regard him as one of the best concertmasters they’ve met.