Born in Yunnan (Kunming), Guan Qi studied the violin and music composition under his father at age twelve. In 1985 he studied the viola at Central Conservatory of Music under Prof Sui Ke Qiang, Wang Zhen Shan Lin Yao Ji, Csaba Erdelyi and Bruno Pasquier. Upon graduation he was Principal Viola at China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Central Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra and Marcan Chamber Orchestra. Guan Qi joined the SSO in 1988 and is now Associate Principal Violist. In his free time, he likes to cook, watch movies and travel.