Chinese born and trained pianist, winner of the Stravinsky and Gina Bachauer Competitions in the U.S. and the 2000 Chopin Competition. Records for Deutsche Grammophon.

Yundi LiJune 11, 2006

Yundi Li - piano

Born in Chongquing in central China, as a small child Yundi Li was so fascinated by a man playing the accordeon in a mall that he refused to leave. The next year he started to learn the instrument and at seven asked his parents for piano lessons. At twelve he gained admission to the top music school in Sechuan province through a fiercely competitive selection process and the next year won scholarships and awards which allowed him to follow his teacher to the School of Arts in Shenzhen. When thirteen, he won the Stravinsky Competition and later the Gina Bachauer Competition, both in the U.S., third prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in the Netherlands as well as being a major winner in the Second China International Piano Competition in Beijing. At just eighteen he won the first prize at the Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2000. He currently records for Deutsche Grammophon and continues his studies in Germany.

First LMMC engagement.

Programme:

MOZART   Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (1778)
    Allegro moderato
    Andante cantabile
    Allegretto
SCHUMANN   Carnaval, Opus 9
  'Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes' (1835)
LISZT   Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (1853)
    Lento assai - Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto-
    Allegro energico - Stretta quasi presto - Allegro moderato