current teachers Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman, Photo
credit: Jian Li
with Elisabeth Christensen (Director of NEC Prep Division),
Cathy Chan (presenter), Mark Churchill (Dean Emeritus,
Preparatory & Continuing Education of NEC), Dorothy Yang Shi
(Georges first piano teacher).
on stage at NECs Jordan Hall.
conductor Benjamin Zander and Prof. Bruce Brubaker (Chairman
of NEC Piano Department).
Possessing the soul of a romantic matched by brilliant technique,
16-year-old pianist George Li is a young artist with expressivity
beyond his years. Rounding off last season with a performance for
Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama at the
White House along with capturing the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist
Award, Mr. Li is well on the way to a flourishing career.
Winning First Prize in the 2010 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions, George will open the Young Concert
Artists Series this season with his New York debut in the Peter
Marino Prize Concert at Merkin Hall, make his Washington debut at
the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize,
and will appear in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Other 2011-2012 recitals include debuts at the Festpiele
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; at the Irving S. Gilmore International
Keyboard Festival as a Gilmore Young Artist and the Vancouver
Recital Society as well as engagements with Music for Youth,
Chinese Performing Arts at Jordan Hall, the Port Washington
Library, Saint Vincent College, LiveARTS, and Shriver Hall, among
others. As soloist with orchestra, George Li performs with the
Akron Symphony and has been invited for a return engagement with
the Spartanburg Philharmonic.
George Li gave his first public performance at Bostons Steinway
Hall at the age of ten. He has appeared as soloist with the
Cleveland Orchestra as First Prize winner of the inaugural Cooper
International Piano Competition at the Oberlin Conservatory of
Music, the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Simon Bolivar Youth
Orchestra in Venezuela, the Boston and Brooklyn Philharmonic
Orchestras, the Miami, Princeton, Albany and Lexington symphonies,
and with I Solisti di Perugia in Italy. At ages six and seven,
he won First Prize in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Mr. Li performed at the opening ceremony of Bostons new Institute
of Contemporary Art and the inauguration of President Tony
Woodcock at the New England Conservatory. He has appeared in
recital presented by the Hilton Head International Piano
Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Li is a member of the New England
Conservatorys Vivace Trio, which has played on From the Top on
NPR and WNET. The Trio also performed for members of US Congress
at the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
He attends the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and studies at the
New England Conservatory Preparatory Division with Wha Kyung Byun.
2010 is the Milestone Year for the 15-year-old Pianist George Li.
In July, George performed Chopin Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland
Orchestra and won the first prize in the Cooper International
Piano Competition 2010; a prize includes 4-year scholarship in
Oberlin Conservatory and performances in Beijing and Shanghai,
In November, George Li won the first prize in the Young Concert
Artist International Auditions. The prize package includes debut
performances in New York, Washington D.C. and Boston, as well as
3-year or more professional concert management by YCA.
Born in August 1995, George Li (黎卓宇) is a 10th grade student of
Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory (NEC)
Preparatory School, where he studies piano with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun
(卞和暻). George's previous piano teachers include Mrs. Dorothy Shi
(楊鏡釧) and Mr. Yin Chengzong (殷承宗).
Since his first public performance at Boston Steinway Hall at ten
years old, George is gaining significant attention as a
recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. George
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, solo recital at Boston's Steinway
Hall, and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance
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. George was presented by the Hilton Head
International Piano Competition and by the Gina Bachauer
International Piano Competition to perform solo recitals.
As an active chamber musician, George is the pianist of New
England Conservatory's Vivace Trio. The Trio has performed on From
the Top's radio series, at the NEC's annual gala, Feast of Music.
The ensemble also performed for members of US Congress at Senate
Office Building, Washington D.C., as well as for NPR at WGBH.
George has performed Haydn Concerto #11, Beethoven Concerto #1,
Saint Saens Concerto #2, Mendelssohn Concerto #1, Mozart Concerto
#21, Schumann Concerto and Chopin Concerto #1 with symphony
orchestras. These orchestras include Cleveland Orchestra (Jahja
Ling conductor); Xiamen Philharmonic (China; Tao Lin conductor),
Symphony Pro Musica (Mark Churchill conductor), Simon Bolivar
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Venezuela; Sarah Ioannides
conductor), Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (Benjamin Zander,
conductor), Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra (Arkady Leytush
conductor), Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Sarah Ioannides
conductor), Miami Symphony Orchestra (Eduardo Marturet conductor),
Waltham Symphony Orchestra (Patrick Botti conductor), Nordic
Chamber Orchestra Sweden (Christian Lindberg conductor), Princeton
Symphony Orchestra (Benjamin Zander, conductor), Albany Symphony
Orchestra (David Alan Miller Conductor), Lexington Symphony
Orchestra (Jonathan McPhee), and Orchestra "I Solisti di Perugia"
(Spoleto, Italy). George is also invited to perform Rachmaninoff
Concerto #2 with Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (Arkady Leytush
George won first prizes in MMTA piano competition at the age of 6
and 7. George won second prizes in both the Virginia Waring
International Piano Competition and the World Piano Competition at
the age of nine. In 2008, George won the second prize in the Gina
Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist Competition. In 2010,
George won the first prize in the Cooper International Piano
Competition in July; George also won the first prize in the Young
Concert Artists International Competition in November.
George lives with his family in Lexington Massachusetts. George is
an active fan of the Boston Red Sox. Piano is not George's only
love and excel. Besides music, he enjoys reading, biking, soccer,
baseball, computer games and attending concerts. He also shows
talent and interest in math, science, and literature.