About LC Double Reeds:
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 recently completed a one-year appointment as Associate Principal Oboe of the Houston Symphony and currently holds the position of Principal Oboe with the Opera in the Heights Orchestra in Houston, TX. She formerly held the position of Associate Principal Oboe/English horn with the Shanghai Symphony and has performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. In addition, she 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 holds degrees from Rice University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Royal Northern College of Music. Her teachers have included Robert Atherholt, Robert Walters, Alex Klein, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Jonathan Small, Dong Wei and her father, Chang-Fa Liu.
Conrad Cornelison, Bassoon
American bassoonist Conrad Cornelison is the Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra since 2015 (currently on leave). He has previously held the positions of Principal Bassoon with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Principal Bassoon with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Other professional engagements include numerous appearances with the Houston Symphony, appearances with the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Da Camera of Houston, the San Antonio Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his performance endeavors, Mr. Cornelison serves on the faculty of the University of North Florida.
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.