Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Among George’s many prizes, he was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award.
Recent and upcoming highlights include multiple performances with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, Hamburg Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck, Seattle Symphony with Emmanuel Krivine, Utah Symphony with Robert Spano, Verbier Festival Orchestra with Emmanuel Krivine and additional performances with Lucerne Festival, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Grafenegg Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Malmo Symphony and the opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel.
Recital highlights include the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, the Emil Gilels Festival in Freiburg, Seoul Arts Center, Vladivostok Festival, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Ravinia Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, Schloss Elmau, Edinburgh Festival and Montreaux Festival.
George Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. George is currently in the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun.
Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15
Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37
Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15
Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
Rhapsody in Blue
Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Concerto No.11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11
Concerto No.1 in E-flat major
Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Serenade and Allegro Giocoso for Piano and Orchestra
Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467
Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488
Concerto No.1 in D-flat major, Op.10
Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Concert No.2 in G minor, Op.22
Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
New York Times
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.
Li’s performance left no doubt that he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.
breathtaking virtuosity and natural grace