Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 7:30 PM at Keiter Center
Mr. George Li, piano
Sonata in F major, Op.
10 No. 2
Andante Spianato and
Grand Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
Variations on the Name
"Abegg", Op. 1
From Preludes C. Debussy
"Général Lavine" - Excentric
La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
Hungarian Rhapsody No.
Thirteen year old pianist George Li was hailed as a “piano virtuoso” with “a
talent and technique somewhat larger than this solar system” by the
Worcester (MA) Telegram and Gazette after his “truly amazing” performance of
the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with Symphony Pro Musica.
Having performed publicly since he was nine years old, Li is gaining
attention as a significant recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with
orchestra. Li has appeared at the opening ceremony of Boston’s new Institute
of Contemporary Art, at the inauguration of President Tony Woodcock at New
England Conservatory, and at Boston’s Steinway Hall. He also played at New
York’s Carnegie Hall in the new TV series produced by the popular NPR radio
show, From the Top. In addition, he has been featured on WBZ-TV’s Liz Walker
Show and ABC’s Martha Stewart Show. Li is invited to perform in the 2010
series under the "Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow" by the Miami
International Piano Festival.
As an active chamber musician, Li is the pianist of New England
Conservatory’s Vivace Trio. Coached by Laura Blustein of NEC’s Preparatory
School, the Trio has performed on From the Top’s radio series and at the
Conservatory’s annual gala, Feast of Music. The ensemble also performed for
members of US Congress at Senate Office Building, Washington D.C.
Li has appeared as soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic (Xiamen, China, Tao
Lin conductor), Symphony Pro Musica (Mark Churchill conductor), Simon
Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Sarah Ioannides conductor),
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (Benjamin Zander, conductor), the Brooklyn
Philharmonic Orchestra (Arcady Leytush conductor), the Spartanburg
Philharmonic Orchestra (Sarah Ioannides conductor), the Miami Symphony
Orchestra (Eduardo Marturet conductor), and Waltham Symphony Orchestra
(Patrick Botti conductor), Li is invited to perform with the Nordic Chamber
Orchestra Sweden (Sundsvall, Sweden, Christian Lindberg Conductor), the
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (Benjamin Zander, conductor), the Albany
Symphony Orchestra (David Alan Miller Conductor) and the Lexington Symphony
Orchestra (Jonathan McPhee) in the 2009 - 2010 concert season.
Li won first prizes in MMTA piano competition at the age of 6 and 7. Li won
second prizes in both the Virginia Waring International Piano competition
and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition at the age of nine. In 2008, Li
won the second prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist
Li studies piano from Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, where
he pursues music studies, taking classes such as chamber music, composition,
music theory and piano seminar. Li’s music mentor is Mr. Mark Churchill. Li
began studying piano at four with Dorothy Shi for seven years. Li also
studied with Mr. Chengzong Yin for three years.