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Lawrence Ferrara & Shiqi Li

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Old First Concerts Lawrence Ferrara & Shiqi Li

Holiday Guitar Concert
Lawrence Ferrara, guitar & Shiqi Li, cello

Join Lawrence Ferrara and Shiqi Li for their glowing and popular holiday-inspired concert of festive and romantic music for guitar and cello in the classic style. Capturing the magic of the holiday season and the winter charms of San Francisco, with works by Vivaldi, Milan, Sanz, Piazzolla, and Giuliani.

Guitarist Lawrence Ferrara has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teacher was George Sakellariou, and he was selected by Julian Bream to perform at his acclaimed Conservatory master classes. A committed educator, Mr. Ferrara teaches at City College of San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco State University. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, with members of the San Francisco Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble.

Mr. Ferrara was twice prize winner at the Carmel Classic Guitar Competition, served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts. He recently won the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Award, "Best Online Teaching Website" for his course on Music Appreciation. Mr. Ferrara is a member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble and author and performer of a sequence of music books titled The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, Vol. 1 and 2, with accompanying CDs, published by Guitar Solo of San Francisco. He also has a solo CD, American Guitar Works, on the VGO label.

Cellist Shiqi Li is from Shanghai, China and started her musical career at the age of 7. She received a B.M degree under full scholarship at Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. Shiqi earned her masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2018, and has performed concerts including the Meadowmount Summer Festival, the Great Wall Music Festival (2014 & 2015), Robert McDuffie’s Chamber Festival, Rome (2015), premiere of works by Phillip Glass at Le Passion Rouge (2013), and the Google Chinese New Year Concert in 2017. In addition, Shiqi. Li was prominently featured on the Zhejiang Television Channel in China and has collaborated with acclaimed Chinese pop stars. In addition to her performance and academic achievements, Ms. Li is teaching at the Amabile School of Music here in the Bay Area.

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