Peiying Li is one of the top drummers based in China. Her performance concept is novel and unique, which makes her the perfect pioneer representative of modern drumming.
Peiying started playing drums at age seven. She got her first Masters degree at Berklee Global Jazz Institute (Boston, U.S.A.) in 2016, and then got her second Masters degree at New England Conservatory (Boston, U.S.A.) in 2019. After graduating in America, she moved back to China, and became one of the most active drummers in China.
Over the years, she has performed throughout the United States and China. In 2015, she performed with Grammy Award-winning musician Gary Burton in the John F. Kennedy Center. In 2018, she performed with Grammy Award-winning musician Dave Holland. Peiying has attended various music festivals including 2013 “Spring of China” Music Festival, 2009 Idaho International Dance and Music Festival, 2013 Shanghai JZ Festival, 2015 Midi Music Festival, 2019 Sweetwater Gear Festival, 2019 Jinbao International Music Festival.
She has worked with a lot of great bands, such as MILK, Junshu &Co, Easterners, Chuchu &Friends, Las Muchachas, and so on. Besides performance, she has also composed and arranged a lot of music. In 2019, She released her first single “New Beginning” produced by LeShawn Harris.
She was one of the editorial board members of “2018 Shanghai Percussion Association New Edition Electric Drum-set Examination Course” and “2018 Shanghai Percussion Association New Edition Drum-set Examination Course”. She was one of the judeges of Shanghai Youth Percussion Competition from 2017 to 2019.
Peiying has gotten different awards over the world. She got the “Best Player” of 2012 China’s Modern Jazz Teaching Seminar Band Show, “Excellent Performance Award” in 2014 Shanghai Conservatory of Music Drum-set Contest, “Finalist” of 2018 “Hit Like A Girl” International Female Drummer Contest, “Special Award” of 2019 “Hit Like A Girl” International Female Drummer Contest.