Press

Young Concert Artists Gala /
Orchestra of St Luke’s
cond. Gerard Schwarz / Alice Tully Hall

“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.”
New York Times, May 2015

“Li’s performance left no doubt that he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.”
Washington Post

“breathtaking virtuosity and natural grace”
Le Télégramme

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Kansas City Symphony Orchestra

“Li commanded the work from his first chord, coming in strong after the orchestra’s warm, bold introduction, skillfully navigating the shifts from virtuosic passages to lyrical. His sense of phrasing was judicious, with poise and sensitivity in the delicate lines contrasting to a pointed peaking in the more technically demanding runs… Applause erupted on the final cadence, the audience on its feet for a justly impressive display.”
Kansas City Star, January 2017

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Berlin Philharmonie

“The Boston-born George Li went at the piano like a man possessed in the Philharmonie during Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3. Naturally, the silver medallist’s extremely flexible virtuosity also incorporates quiet, transparently shimmering notes. The whole thing is certainly vibrant and thrilling.”
Tagesspiegel, October 2016

Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major
Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

“however, the high point surely was Liszt’s First Piano Concerto, for George Li showed not only stunning accuracy but also a sensitive approach to the virtuoso score. His beautiful timbre was also heard in the encore.”
Buenos Aires Herald, June 2017

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Berlin Philharmonie

“The Boston-born George Li went at the piano like a man possessed in the Philharmonie during Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3. Naturally, the silver medallist’s extremely flexible virtuosity also incorporates quiet, transparently shimmering notes. The whole thing is certainly vibrant and thrilling.”
Tagesspiegel, October 2016

Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt
Edinburgh International Festival

“As anyone present in the Queen’s Hall yesterday for the sensational concert given by Bostonian pianist George Li will tell you, 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… I’ve seldom felt a crowd being so swept along by the momentum of an event; and they roared for more.”
Herald Scotland, August 2016


Beethoven, Liszt
Benefit recital Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts

“ruler-straight perfection of pulse, limitless velocity, gleaming clarity, a broad palette of colors including voluptuous pianissimos and triple fortes that never banged. All of this was in the service of an intellect which conjured a chess-master’s understanding of structure and strategy; his mind always worked several moves ahead of his hands.”
The Boston Music Intelligencer, June 2017

Gershwin: Variations on “I Got Rhythm”
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

“To say he attacked the “Variations” with gusto is an understatement. He could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.. The piece ends in a flurry of percussive jazzy attacks that Li delivered with pugilistic precision.”
Los Angeles Daily News, September 2016

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1
Mariinsky Orchestra / cond. Valery Gergiev

“A bracing, fearless account…Mr. Li’s playing combined youthful abandon with utter command.”
New York Times, February 2016

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major
Seattle Chamber Music Festival

“Li brought a wealth of sonorities to the piano part, from warm lyricism to glittery cascades of sound.”
Seattle Times, July 2017

 

debut album

Live at the Mariinsky

With this recital, George Li, the young American pianist who won the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, makes his recording debut – and launches his relationship with Warner Classics. The album, offering an enthralling programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt, was recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in that other great Russian city, St Petersburg, in October 2016.

George Li – Live at the Mariinsky
Haydn ∙ Chopin ∙ Rachmaninov ∙ Liszt
Available October 2017

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