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George Li


  • 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.

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  • Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck, a tour of Asia with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, Philharmonia Orchestra with Long Yu, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mälmo Symphony, DSO Berlin, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxemburg Philharmonie, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival and in various places throughout Russia.

    Recital highlights include Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Ravinia Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Montreux Festival.

    An active chamber musician, George has performed chamber music with James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez and Daniel Lozakovich.

    George is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut album releasing in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.

    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. Among George’s many prizes, he was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award. George is currently in the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun.

    2017-18 season / 318 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Concerto repertoire

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

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

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

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