George is currently performing concerts in Germany and Switzerland. This Saturday, August 6th, he will be performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor as part of the Verbier Festival. This concert, also featuring violinist Joshua Bell, will be broadcast live on medici.tv! Concert begins at 1.00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
George was one of five soloists who took part in ‘Folk, Form, and Fire,’ an evening showcasing all of Sergei Prokofiev’s piano concertos. The Brooklyn Academy of Music was the venue for this marathon event, which featured the Mariinsky Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. ‘Mr Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command,’ observed Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times. ≫ Read the entire review.
» Watch George’s recent recital in the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia!
with host Christopher O’Riley
New England Conservatory . Jordan Hall
George has just returned from another successful trip to Russia, this time to Irkutsk, where he performed as part of the “Stars on Baikal” concert, an event showcasing the winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other musicians included Ganbaatar Ariunbaatar (baritone), Ionut Andrei Ionita (cello), Clara-Juma Khan (violin), and Denis Matsuev (piano). Ilmars Lapins was the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. » Click here to view an extremely interesting documentary of the event.
Ilmars Lapins . Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
URGENT UPDATE: George has made the extremely difficult decision to withdraw from the 17th International Chopin Competition. » Click here to read the full message from George.
George enjoyed a stimulating return visit to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He had the honor of participating in masterclasses given by the renowned concert pianists András Schiff and Ferenc Rados. George is extremely grateful to Maestro Schiff for the valuable insights he provided into Beethoven’s final piano sonata, No. 32, Op. 111. Click here for a video interview of George.
George was recently interviewed by the Russian Gazette about the Tchaikovsky Competition and his life as a musician.
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.
Watch the exciting video of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Round III (Finals) selection process.
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.”
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.
Edinburgh . Scotland