Yundi Li

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Yundi Li in 2015

Yundi Li (Chinese: 李云迪; pinyin: Lǐ Yúndí), born October 7, 1982 in Chongqing, Sichuan, China, is a Chinese pianist who is very famous for being the youngest pianist to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 2000, at 18 years old. He now lives in Hong Kong.

Early life[change | change source]

Li's parents both worked at the Sichuan Chongqing Steel and Iron Company.[1] When he was three years old, his parents bought him an accordion.[2] He studied the instrument with Tan Jianmin, a music professor in China, and mastered it when he was four. Only one year later, he won the top prize at the Chongqing Children's Accordion Competition.[3] At seven years old Li began to learn the piano. He continued to study with Dan Zhaoyi for another nine years.[4] In 1994, he learned at the Shenzhen Arts School at Shenzhen, China, and later learned at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Hanover, Germany.

Prizes[change | change source]

Li won the Children's Piano Competition in Beijing in 1994.[3] In 1995, he was awarded first place at the Stravinsky International Youth Competition. In 1998, he won the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition's junior division, and got Third Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition of Utrecht the next year. He also won the China International Piano Competition. He also got first place at the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition.[5] Li participated in the 14th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and won the first prize and the "polonaise award".[3]

Recordings[change | change source]

Chopin

  • Complete Nocturnes

Chopin Recital

  • Piano Sonata in B minor No. 3 op. 58
  • Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22
  • Études op. 10 Nos. 2 + 5 op. 25 No. 11 »Winter Wind«
  • Nocturnes op. 9 Nos. 1 + 2 op. 15 No. 2
  • Impromptu op. 66

Franz Liszt

  • Piano Sonata in B minor
  • La Campanella
  • Widmung after Schumann: Liebeslied
  • Liebestraum No. 3
  • Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli
  • Rigoletto-Paraphrase

Awards: Echo Award 2003

Chopin: Scherzo & Impromptus

  • 4 Scherzi:
  • No. 1 op. 20 · No. 2 op. 31
  • No. 3 op. 39 · No. 4 op. 54
  • 3 Impromptus
  • No. 1 op. 29 · No. 2 op. 36
  • No. 3 op. 51

Vienna Recital

  • Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole
  • Mozart: Piano Sonata KV 330
  • D. Scarlatti: Sonatas K. 380 + K. 13
  • Schumann: Carnaval op. 9

Chopin & Liszt Piano Concerto No.1

  • Liszt: Concerto for piano no.1 in E-Flat,S.124
  • Chopin: Concerto for piano no.1 in E-minor,op.11

Prokofiev/Ravel: Piano Concertos

  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Yundi – The Young Romantic

  • Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, op.20 Scherzo in B flat minor, op.31 Scherzo in C sharp minor, op.39 Scherzo in E major, op.54; Franz Liszt: Grandes Études de Paganini: La Campanella
  • Bonus: Yundi Li plays at La Roque d’Anthéron

Chopin Nocturnes - Emi Classics

Chopin Complete Nocturnes Nocturnes: No. 1 In B Flat Minor Op. 9 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 2 In E Flat Op. 9 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 3 In B Op. 9 No. 3, Nocturnes: No. 4 In F Op. 15 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 5 In F Sharp Op. 15 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 6 In G Minor Op. 15 Nocturnes: No. 7 In C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 8 In D Flat Op. 27 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 9 In B Op. 32 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 10 In A Flat Op. 32 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 11 In G Minor Op. 37 No. 1,Nocturnes: No. 12 In G Op. 37 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 13 In C Minor Op. 48 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 14 In F Sharp Minor Op. 48 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 15 In F Minor Op. 55 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 16 In E Flat Op. 55 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 17 In B Op. 62 No. 1, Nocturnes: No. 18 In E Op. 62 No. 2, Nocturnes: No. 19 In E Minor Op. 72 No. 1 (Posthumous), Nocturnes: C Sharp Minor Op. Posthumous, Nocturnes: C Minor (1837, Pub 1938)

CD |D|D|D| 5099 960 839 121 |G|H|

Live in Beijing - Emi Classics

Andante spianato: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Grande polonaise: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Grave - Doppio movimento: Sonata No. 2, II. Scherzo: Sonata No. 2, III. Marche funèbre (Lento): Sonata No. 2, IV. Finale (Presto): Sonata No. 2 , No. 1 in G minor: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , No. 2 in D major: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33, No. 3 in C major: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , No. 4 in B minor: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 , Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op.9, Nocturne No.2 in F sharp, Op. 15 , Polonaise Op. 53 , Cai Yun Zhui Yue , Revolutionary Etude: Etudes Op. 10 , Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 , Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op.9, Nocturne No.2 in F sharp, Op. 15, Nocturne No. 2 in D flat, Op. 27 , Nocturne No. 1 in C minor, Op. 48 , Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise , No. 1 in G minor: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , No. 2 in D major: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , No. 3 in C major: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33, No. 4 in B minor: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33 , I. Grave - Doppio movimento: Sonata No. 2, II. Scherzo: Sonata No. 2 , III. Marche funèbre (Lento): Sonata No. 2 , IV. Finale (Presto): Sonata No. 2 , Polonaise Op. 53, Cai yun Zhui Yue, Revolutionary Etude

CD |D|D|D| 5099 960 839 121 |G|H|

DVD |D|D|D| 5099 960 839 121 |G|H|

Yundi: Red Piano - Emi Classics

Prelude: The Song of the Yellow River Boatman: The Yellow River Piano Concerto, Ode to the Yellow River: The Yellow River Piano Concerto , The Wrath of the Yellow River: The Yellow River Piano Concerto , Defend the Yellow River: The Yellow River Piano Concerto , In That Place Wholly Faraway , Glowing Red Morningstar Lilies, Pi Huang, Remote Shangri-La, Liu Yang River, Kangding Love Song, Colourful Clouds Chasing The Moon, Dali Girl: Five Yunnan Folk Songs, Following the Brother: Five Yunnan Folk Songs , Puzzle Tune: Five Yunnan Folk Songs, Mountain Song: Five Yunnan Folk Songs, Dragon Lantern Tune: Five Yunnan Folk Songs, Celebrating Our New Life, Why Are The Flowers So Red?, My Motherland

  • Other participants: Yundi, Piano * China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra * Chen Zohuang, Dir.
  • CD |D|D|D| 5099 908 865 823 |G|H|

Yundi Beethoven Sonata Album - deutsche grammophon

  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No.8 in C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique"
  • Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight"
  • Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata"

CD |D|D|D| 0289 476 5049 2 |G|H|

The art of Yundi - deutsche grammophon

  • Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124, Allegro maestoso Yundi Li, Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis
  • Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2
  • Frédéric Chopin: Impromptu No.4 in C sharp minor, Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 In C Major, K.330 Allegro moderato
  • Franz Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141 No.3 In G Sharp Minor ("La Campanella")
  • Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83 Adagio assai Yundi Li, Berliner Philharmoniker, Seiji Ozawa
  • Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in G, K.13
  • Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No.1 in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1
  • Frédéric Chopin: Etudes, Op.10 No.5 In G Flat "Black Keys"
  • Franz Liszt:Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178 Lento assai - Allegro energico
  • Franz Liszt:Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3
  • Frédéric Chopin:Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 Scherzo (Molto vivace)
  • Frédéric Chopin:Impromptu No.1 in A flat, Op.29
  • Robert Schumann:Carnaval, Op.9 1.Prambule 2. Pierrot 14. Reconnaissance 18. Promenade
  • Sergei Prokofiev:Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16 Scherzo (Vivace) Yundi Li, Berliner Philharmoniker, Seiji Ozawa
  • Franz Liszt:Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

CD |D|D|D| 0289 479 1302 3 |G|H|

Yundi - Emperor|Fantasy - deutsche grammophon

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 »Emperor«
  • ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasie op. 17
  • Other participants: Yundi, Piano * Berliner Philharmoniker * Daniel Harding.

CD |D|D|D| 0289 481 0710 0 |G|H|

Yundi Chopin Preludes - deutsche grammophon

  • 24 Preludes, Op.28
  • Prelude No.25 in C Sharp Minor, Op.45
  • Prelude No.26 In A Flat Major, Op.Posth.

CD |D|D|D| 0289 481 1910 3 |G|H|

Yundi FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballades Berceuse Mazurkas op.17 - deutsche grammophon

  • 1. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
  • 2. Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38
  • 3. Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
  • 4. Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
  • 5. Berceuse in D flat Op. 57
  • 6 Mazurkas, Op.17 No.1 in B Flat Major
  • 7. Mazurkas, Op.17 No.2 in E Minor
  • 8. Mazurkas, Op.17 No.3 in A Flat Major
  • 9. Mazurkas, Op.17 No.4 in A Minor

CD |D|D|D| 0289 481 2443 5 |G|H|

References[change | change source]

  1. Chan, Vivien Pik-Kwan. "Shenzhen pianist shows forte". South China Morning Post (Hong Kong =2000-10-21): p. 1.
  2. Bargreen, Melinda (2005-04-10). "Piano prodigy loves what he is doing, as his brilliance attests". Seattle Times: p. J1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kishinami, Yukiko (2001-05-03). "Piano prodigy restores luster to Chopin competition". Daily Yomiuri: p. 1.
  4. Eatock, Colin (2008-02-13). "Pianist as pop star. Is Yundi Li better than Lang Lang? He says he doesn't care". Globe and Mail (Canada): p. R1. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080213.LI13/TPStory/TPEntertainment/Music/. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  5. "Charity show for Shenzhen pianist". South China Morning Post (Hong Kong =2000-12-01): p. 5.