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Born in Hong Kong, Herman Li (Chinese: 李康敏) is the guitarist, songwriter and producer of the Grammy nominated metal act DragonForce.

In the last 10 years, Herman has established himself as one of the most recognised and influential guitarists of the new generation. Accolades starting pouring in, starting with the 2005 ‘Best Shredder’ award at the annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods. Herman also won four categories in Guitar World’s 2007 Readers Poll for ‘Best New Talent’ (winning by 70%), ‘Best Metal’, ‘Best Riff’ and ‘Best Shredders’. He also won ‘Best Guitar Solo’ for ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ in Total Guitar’s Readers Poll in 2007, as well as numerous other polls in media around the world. ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ was also featured in a number of videos games, first in ‘Guitar Hero III – Legends of Rock’.

Outside of DragonForce, Herman has been invited to perform with guitar legends such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert, just to name a few. Herman won for the second time the ‘Best Shredder’ award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2009.

Between intensive world tours with DragonForce, Herman found time to write a guitar column in Total Guitar (UK), Premier Guitar (USA). Always continuing to evolve as a guitar player, Herman likes to understand his instrument as much as possible. He has a fascination in electric guitar development, working on new ideas to improve the instrument as much as possible.

Outside of music, Herman other interests includes computer technology and martial arts. He enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. He also speaks three languages fluently; Cantonese, French and English.

Notable Awards and Achievements
RIAA Certified Platinum Single (1 Million+ Sold)
RIAA Certified Gold Album ‘Inhuman Rampage’ (500 000+ Sold)
Music Radar/Total Guitar 2017 – Best Metal Guitarist in the World #12
Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2009 – Best Shredder Award
The Grammy Awards 2008 – DragonForce “Best Metal Performance” Nomination
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best New Talent (winning by 70%)
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Metal
Guitar World Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Riff
Total Guitar Reader’s Poll 2007 – Best Solo ‘Through the Fire and Flames”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Band “DragonForce”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Musician “Herman Li”
Terrorizer Reader’s Poll 2006 – Best Live Act “DragonForce”
Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 – Best Shredder Award