Described by the Florida Times-Union as “a gifted musician with a very bright future,” violinist Likai He has performed extensively throughout the United States, China, and Taiwan. As a soloist, Likai has appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, and the 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. In the fall of 2022, Likai joined the Nashville Symphony where he is currently Acting Assistant Concertmaster. Prior to his position in Nashville, Likai has performed with the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphonies. He is also a current member of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra.
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 under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin.
Partial funding is from Natrona School District No. 1 and the Wyoming Community Foundation – Casper Area.