Born in Kunming in Yunnan, China, Guan Qi began studying composition and violin performance at the age of 12 with his father. In 1985 he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where he studied with Professor Sui Ke Qiang, Wang Zhen Shan, Lin Yao Ji, Csaba Erdélyi and Bruno Pasquier.
After graduating he took up the role of Principal Viola with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra. He went on to perform with the Central Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra as well as the Marcan Chamber Orchestra. Guan Qi joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1988 and is now the orchestra’s Associate Principal Violist.
In his free time he enjoys cooking, watching movies and travelling.