The Chopin Society Presents Pianist George Li
Massachusetts native George Li’s star began to rise in his early teens when he won first prize in the inaugural Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, Young Concert Artists International Auditions and, at 16, became the youngest ever recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. Winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016 catapulted him to a major international career as one who now performs worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors. Recent concerto highlights include performances with the Los Angeles, New York, London, Rotterdam, Oslo, and St. Petersburg Philharmonics; and the San Francisco, Tokyo, Frankfurt Radio, Sydney, Montreal, Baltimore, Utah, and Pittsburgh Symphonies.
George records exclusively for Warner Classics and won an Opus Klassik Soloist Recording of the Year Award for his debut album Live at Mariinsky. His second CD, which includes a live recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic, plus several Liszt solo works, was released in 2019. He graduated in 2019 from the Harvard/New England Conservatory dual degree program with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Master's in piano performance and this year completed his Artist Diploma at New England Conservatory, all under the tutelage of his beloved teacher Wha Kyung Byun.
“A bracing, fearless account ... Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.”
— New York Times
“Breathtaking virtuosity and natural grace”
— Le Télégramme
“Li’s performance left no doubt that he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.”
— Washington Post
“… no piano recital ever more deserved five stars… he has just about the full package of abilities: masses of style, acres of expertise and technical virtuosity with dexterity almost beyond categorisation…”
— The Scotland Herald
Preludes, Book II
Preludes, Op. 28 (complete)