Rui Li was born in China, began her violin studies at the age of four years old. She attended Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and came to the United States with full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Houston. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance at the University of Houston. She has performed with Lorin Maazel in Castleton Music Festival in 2012, and she has performed with the Carnegie Mellon University Orchestra in Carnegie Hall in New York. She won the Carnegie Mellon University Baroque Concerto Competition in 2013.