ABOUT LC DOUBLE REEDS LLC:
LC Double Reeds was founded in 2017 by oboist Xiaodi Liu and bassoonist Conrad Cornelison. Agonizing over the many years spent using overpriced tools with many design flaws, they decided to take matters into their own hands to create a business which would provide reasonably priced, thoughtfully designed reed-making tools designed with the professional player in mind.
Their first product to be released was their CHANG昌 Double Hollow Ground knife. With careful attention given to details such as balance, structure, ease of use, and visual appearance, the knives have quickly gained popularity and have been used in various professional orchestras across the United States.
We at LC Double Reeds are currently working on many exciting new projects that will soon be available for our customers. Stay tuned!
About our Founders:
XIAODI LIU, OBOE
Xiaodi Liu currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Oboe at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held positions with the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX). In addition, she has performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra, and has also appeared as a guest musician with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.
During her summers, she regularly performs with Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and has also appeared with the Spoleto USA, Colorado College, and Aspen music festivals. Ms. Liu began her oboe studies with Jing Guo Dong and her father, Chang Fa Liu, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Dong Wei. After her studies in Beijing, she went on to study with Hansjorg Schellenberger and Jonathan Small at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Upon completion of her degrees in England, she attended Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Alex Klein and Robert Walters, before moving to Houston, TX where she worked with the Houston Symphony and earned her Master's degree at Rice University, where she studied with Robert Atherholt.
CONRAD CORNELISON, BASSOON
American bassoonist Conrad Cornelison is the Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has previously held positions with the Houston Grand Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Other professional engagements include numerous appearances with the Houston Symphony, appearances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Da Camera of Houston, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic In addition to his performance endeavors, Mr. Cornelison serves on the faculty of the University of North Florida.
Conrad’s summer activities include regular performances with Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. He has also performed as Guest Principal Bassoon with the Bellingham Festival of Music, served as bassoon faculty with Interlochen’s Bassoon Institute, and performed as Principal Bassoon with the Saint Augustine Music Festival. He has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
An avid chamber music enthusiast, Mr. Cornelison performs regularly with the San Marco Chamber Music Society, where he also serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
On the world stage, he has performed in Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Japan. In 2011, he was awarded third prize in the International Double Reed Society's Young Artist Competition, as the sole finalist from the North American continent. In 2008, he was a winner of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' YoungArts competition. He has been recognized by the Kentucky State Senate for his achievements in the arts.
Mr. Cornelison holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Rice University. His teachers have included Benjamin Kamins, Patricia Rogers, Eric Stomberg, Matthew Schuler, and Dan Duncan.