Section 2nd Violin
Violinist Likai He joined the Nashville Symphony in the fall of 2022. Prior to his engagement with Nashville, Likai has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Houston Symphony. He is also a current member of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, Likai has performed extensively throughout the United States, China, and Taiwan. Likai has appeared as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, and Columbus State University Philharmonic, among others. Likai has also performed at the Kennedy Center, Artist Series of Sarasota, Jacksonville Friday Musicale, and ARTCORE of Wyoming. Among Likai’s awards and honors include prizes at the Jacksonville Symphony Young Artists Competition, Artist Series of Sarasota Competition, Georgia Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, Young Texas Artists Competition, and Presser Award.
Born into a musical family, Likai began his violin studies at the age of four with his father, Jianjun He. At the age of 16, Likai was admitted to the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, studying with Sergiu Schwartz, and awarded the prestigious Woodruff Award. Likai received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Cho-Liang Lin.