“There are few adjectives that adequately describe Mr. Li’s technical prowess, as seemingly effortless elegance marked every aspect of his interpretation of the concerto.”
“George Li plays Chopin brilliantly”
“A polished London debut recital…“Two contrasting Liszt favourites closed the official programme. The Consolation in D flat major rippled its nostalgic theme winningly, each note perfectly weighted. There were rustic cimbalom effects aplenty in the melancholic lassú section of the Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 in C sharp minor (the most famous of the 19 Liszt wrote). Li tickled the bell-like tintinnabulations which open the lively friska, the rollicking theme pealing joyously.”
“Li is a stylish pianist with a stunning technique”
“Li brought a wealth of sonorities to the piano part, from warm lyricism to glittery cascades of sound.”
“ruler-straight perfection of pulse, limitless velocity, gleaming clarity, a broad palette of colors including voluptuous pianissimos and triple fortes that never banged. All of this was in the service of an intellect which conjured a chess-master’s understanding of structure and strategy; his mind always worked several moves ahead of his hands.”
The Boston Music Intelligencer
Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant virtuosity and poised authority far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as Gergiev, Dudamel, Honeck, Petrenko, Tilson Thomas, Robertson, Slatkin, and Long Yu.
In the 2018-19 season, Li makes his debuts with the London Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; embarks on an 11-city recital tour of China; and tours the United States with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.
Concerto highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Sydney Symphony, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival, and in various venues throughout Russia.
In recital, Li performs at venues including Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Poly Theater, and Amici della Musica Firenze, as well as appearances at major festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Montreux Festival.
An active chamber musician, Li has performed alongside James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez, and Daniel Lozakovich, and future plans include collaborations with Daniel Hope, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Lawrence Power. Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album released in October 2017, which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.
Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among Li’s many prizes, he was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In summer 2018, Li graduated from the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, where he studied with Wha Kyung Byun.
OFFICIAL BIO FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON. LAST UPDATED DECEMBER 2018.