Li Kuang serves on the faculty of Portland State University (OR), where he teaches trombone and music theory. He also taught at Murray State University (KY), Southwestern University (TX), Blinn College (TX), and the University of Texas at Austin.
Li competed successfully in several competitions, including winning the "Top Emerging Artists" competition in China, the International Trombone Association "Frank Smith Competition," and the Sichuan Province Government Scholarship. He was also the winner of Bowling Green State University concerto competition, the runner-up at the UT-Austin Concerto Competition, and 2nd place in the Remington International Trombone Choir Competition. He was also a finalist in ATW National Solo Competition Division III.
Li presented numerous solo recitals and performances across the US and Asia, including solo appearances at the International Trombone Festival in 2019 and 2022, American Trombone Workshop, Big XII Trombone Conference, and Jinbao International Low Brass Festival. Equally comfortable in the orchestral realm, Li performs regularly with the Oregon Symphony and has performed with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber and Winds, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra/Opera Orchestra, Sichuan Film Orchestra, and Chengdu Philharmonic.
Li served on the judging panel of several important trombone competitions such as the International Trombone Association's Gagliardi Competition, American Trombone Workshop's National Tenor & Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, Jinbao International Low Brass Grand Prix, Big XII Trombone Solo Competitions.
Continuing to serve the role of "ambassador" to China and the US in the trombone field, Li works tirelessly to build connections between these two countries. Li earned his DMA from The University of Texas at Austin, MM from The University of Michigan, BM from Bowling Green State University, and Sichuan Conservatory of Music (China). His primary teachers are Nathaniel Brickens, David Jackson, Bill Mathis, Garth Simmons, and Jin Sun, with additional instruction and inspiration from Joseph Alessi, Kenneth Thompkins, and Michael Mulcahy.