Tchaikovsky Competition Finals analysis from the online classical music publication Slipped Disc: “The performance of the second contestant, George Li, was sensational. He played Tchaikovsky First and Prokofiev Third with astonishing intensity, clarity and rhythm. His emotions were on the edge and virtuosity was beyond the edge of the conventional highest level of world class competitions performances. The audience reception was truly ecstatic, especially after Tchaikovsky. George seemed to be three heads higher than the others.” » Read the entire article here. » Click here for more reviews and reactions.
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is Li’s instinctive assimilation of style.
He plays like a great pianist at the apogeic intersection of
middle-aged vigor and the wisdom of maturity.
In May, George made his New York concerto debut, performing Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Gerard Schwarz in the Young Concert Artists Gala Concert. The New York Times raved: “. . . the real revelation came in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, played by George Li . . . he is a powerhouse. I have seldom heard the many blazing octave passages in the outer movements played faster or more cleanly, let alone both at the same time.”
played by George Li, … he is a powerhouse.
I have seldom heard the many blazing octave passages in the outer movements
played faster or more cleanly, let alone both at the same time.
His first chords were unforgettable, even I would say, astonishing.
He took command of our ears in a moment and he kept that command throughout.
Mr. Li knew how to play Chopin’s wonderful heroics, but he also knew how to whisper.
XV International Tchaikovsky Competition | 11 June-4 July 2015
In April, George was selected as a contestant in the 17th International Chopin Competition. The competition will be held from the 3rd to the 16th of October, 2015. More details as they become available.