George Li

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George Li (黎卓宇)
Birth nameGeorge Li
Born (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 (age 24)
OriginMassachusetts, USA
Years active2004-present

George Li (Chinese: 黎卓宇, Pinyin: Lí zhuōyǔ), born August 24, 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts, is a Chinese-American pianist.

Li has been performing since he was nine years old, and is known as a recitalist, a chamber musician, and a soloist with orchestra. At the age of eleven, he played at New York's Carnegie Hall. The performance was featured in the new TV series by NPR, From the Top.[1]

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Li won first prizes in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association state competitions at the age of 6 and 7. In 2005, Li won second prizes in both the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition [2] and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition at the age of nine.

In 2008, Li won the second prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist Competition.[3] In 2010, Li won the first prize in the Cooper International Piano Competition[4][5] Li has also won the first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.[6]

On June 7, 2011, Li played for Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and her husband Dr. Joachim Sauer at a state dinner in the White House Rose Garden.[7] On June 23, 2011, Li was one of the two recipients of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award. He is currently the youngest person who got the award.[8]

Li lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. He is a student of Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he learns with Wha Kyung Byun. Li's previous piano teachers include Dorothy Shi (杨镜钏) and Yin Chengzong (殷承宗).[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "NPR From the Top TV Series Season 1: Episo 4".
  2. "2005 winners list". Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Official Website. January 2005.
  3. "2008 Junior Competition WINNERS LIST". Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Official Website. July 2008.
  4. "Pianist George Li, 14, is the Winner of the Cooper Competition". The Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition Official Website. July 30, 2010.
  5. "Lexington youth wins music competition". by Cindy Cantrell, West People column, Boston Globe. August 20, 2010.
  6. "George Li, pianist". Young Concert Artists Official Website. December 2010.
  7. "Press Release" (PDF). White House. June 7, 2011.
  8. "Current Gilmore Young Artists". June 23, 2011.
  9. "NEC Prep Pianist George Li Plays at White House". New England Conservatory Official Website. June 8, 2011.

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