Born in 1971, Yunnan, Mr. Li Xincao started his musical journey early in his childhood under the influence of his mother. In 1994, He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music as a student of Prof. Xu Xin, a prestigious conductor and educator in China. He was the first prize winner at the 1st National Conducting Competition of China in 1993. By the age of 20, he had successfully collaborated with most top domestic orchestras in China including the former the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, performing the major works of Mahler, Brahms, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Dvorák as well as works of Chinese composers such as Zhou Wenzhong. Aside from the varied symphonic repertoires, he had also conducted western and Chinese operas such as “La Traviata” and “Champaign”. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Li took the baton of the Orchestra of the China Central Ballet. During his tenure, he had successfully conducted many western and Chinese ballets such as “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, “the Sleeping Beauty”, “the Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “La Sylphide”, “Don Quixote”, “Coppelia” and “the Red Detachment of Women”. In 1996, at the invitation of the renowned conductor, Professor Leopold Hager, Mr. Li went to pursue advanced studies at the Wiener Musikhochschule. In 1997, he returned to China as Mr. Hager's assistant conductor for a performance with the Wiener Staats Oper. The same year, he won the 2nd prize in the 45th Besancon International Conducting Competition.
After finishing his study in Vienna in 1999, Mr. Li was immediately appointed the resident conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) as well as the principle conductor of the China Central Ballet. In autumn of that year, he led the CNSO on a tour in Japan and achieved great success. In 2002, as the principle conductor of CNSO, he led the orchestra again on a tour in Japan and Australia and became the first Chinese conductor to conduct an Asian orchestra in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera. Later, he led the orchestra on a grand tour in Europe, giving concerts in Germany, Spain and Portugal, and was critically acclaimed for the performances. At the end of 2002, he and CNSO made their historical debut in the Taipei National Concert Hall in Taiwan and the two-night performances were greatly praised. In 2003, at the invitation of Maestro Rostropovich, Mr. Li returned to Taiwan again to conduct the maestro’s farewell concert.
Since his return to China in 1999, Mr. Li has conducted a great number of works of different times and styles and has been enthusiastically received by audiences and musical critics in China and abroad. In recent years, he has devoted much of his energy to promoting contemporary Chinese compositions. Many newly composed Chinese works have since been discovered by him and premiered under his baton. He has also greatly extended the repertoire for the opera stage in China and conducted such opera classics as "le nozze di Figaro", “Madame Butterfly”, "la Boheme", “Tosca”,“Rigoletto”, “la Traviata”, “il Trovatore”, “Aida”, and "Lucia di Lammermoor".
As an active young conductor, Mr. Li Xincao has frequently taken podiums in China and abroad as guest conductor. He has collaborated with the Wienervolksoper, the Hungarian National Opera, the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, the Besaçon Opera House, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tivoli Orchestra, the New International Symphony Orchestra Lemberg, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Ballet, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Taipei City Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Li has shown extraordinary adaptability to a great variety of works. His interpretations are with precision and vigor, and show deep understanding of different styles. He is especially acclaimed for his interpretations of German and Austrian works and Chinese contemporary music.