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
Conrad Cornelison joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoon in 2022 at the appointment of Music Director Jader Bignamini. Since 2017, Conrad has served with the Jacksonville Symphony in the same position. While living in Florida, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at the University of North Florida from 2017-2022. Prior to his work in Jacksonville, he held positions with the Houston Grand Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. He has also appeared as a guest musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, and others.
During his summers, Conrad regularly performs at Festival Mozaic, a chamber music and orchestra festival in San Luis Obispo, California, under the direction of Scott Yoo. He has also performed with the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Saint Augustine Music Festival and has served on the bassoon faculty of Interlochen Bassoon Institute. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on numerous occasions with the San Marco Chamber Music Society and has appeared as a performer on the PBS series “Now Hear This” by Great Performances. Many of his performances with the Jacksonville Symphony and Festival Mozaic have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today.
Conrad holds degrees from The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music) and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (Master of Music), where he studied with Patricia Rogers and Benjamin Kamins, respectively. He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Eric Stomberg, and his early bassoon studies were with Matthew Schuler and Dan Duncan. He is a proud father and lives in Michigan with his wife, Xiaodi, his daughter, Theia, and their dog, Toby.