Likai He
Section 2nd Violin

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Member of the Nashville Symphony since 2022

Why did you choose your instrument?
My father is a violinist and he started me on the violin when I was a child.

Do you play other instruments?


When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

One of my first orchestral concerts was in a small town in Wyoming. Seeing the joy that music brought to the audience made a lasting impression and convinced me to become a musician.

Where did you go to school and what degree(s) did you get?

Columbus State University-Schwob School of Music, BM

Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, MM, DMA

Who is your favorite composer, and what is your favorite piece by them?

Bach, either the Chaconne or Brandenburg No. 5

What is the best piece you have performed in your career?

Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie

Where were you prior to you employment at the Nashville Symphony?

Studying at Rice

What excites you most about performing with the Nashville Symphony?
Being able to perform fantastic symphonic works with wonderful musicians

How many instruments do you own, or have you owned over your lifetime? 

I currently own two

What is your favorite genre of music that isn't classical?

I really enjoy hip-hop and metal

What is your favorite part of Nashville so far?

Nashville hot chicken!

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Hiking, fishing, kayaking

Do you like sports? What is your favorite sports team? 

 I like football, hockey, and F1. The Jaguars are my favorite team, DTWD! 

Favorite movie or TV show? 

South Park!