Molly Li was born in China and studied cello from a young age at the Shenzhen Arts School and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She received scholarships to study cello at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany. Her mentors include Li-Wei Qin, Stefan Giglberger (Principal Cellist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra) and David Smith. Molly Li has won many competitions including First Prize at the Fourth Cello Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (1996), Second Prize at the China Young Musician Competition in Shanghai (1997), First Prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Beijing (1998) and a prize for excellence at the Fifth Cello Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (1999). She has performed with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and on tour at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan under the baton of Bernard Haitink and Edo de Waart. Molly Li has been a member of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong since 2014.