Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” 17-year-old pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. In 2012 alone, Mr. Li won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and received the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the Verbier Academy. Highlights of his busy 2012-13 season include appearances as soloist with the Edmonton and Stamford symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Boise Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Norrkoping Orchestra in Sweden, as well as recitals at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and the Mansion at Strathmore.
First Prize Winner in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Li’s highly acclaimed New York debut at 16 opened the 51st Young Concert Artists Series in the Peter Marino Concert at Merkin Concert Hall. YCA also presented his debut in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, both to rave reviews. Mr. Li has appeared in recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Vancouver Recital Society, at Shriver Hall and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, among others.
As First Prize winner of the inaugural Cooper Competition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with orchestras including the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Akron Symphony, the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and with “I Solisti di Perugia” in Italy. He played Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander on a European tour.
In 2011, Mr. Li performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was chosen to appear at the opening ceremony of Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art and the inauguration of President Tony Woodcock at the New England Conservatory, and has performed for members of US Congress at the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
George Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten. At ages six and seven, he won First Prize in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Competition. He attends the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and studies piano at the New England Conservatory with Wha Kyung Byun.
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