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Pianist George Li signs to Warner Classics


Pianist George Li, silver medalist of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, signs to Warner Classics and releases his debut recording: Live at the Mariinsky.


Pianist George Li signs an exclusive contract with Warners Classics and celebrates with the release of his debut recording, the solo recital Live at the Mariinsky. Silver medalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, George Li offers a captivating programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt with his debut, recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg in 2016.


Born in Boston to music-loving parents, the young pianist participated in music competitions as a child and recalls performing a Beethoven concerto with orchestra in his early teens.


“I felt like I had entered a different world,” Li says. “It was a unique and amazing experience: for the first time I was feeling music a lot more emotionally, rather than just remembering the right notes and where to come in. Afterwards people were coming up to me and saying that listening to me had changed their lives. I was shocked. I didn’t know before that music had that kind of power. After that, I just wanted to be able to find that feeling again.”



Speaking about his piano idols, he cites Horowitz, Cortot, Gilels, Richter and Argerich, while his mentors include the distinguished husband-and-wife team of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun, who both teach at the New England Conservatory.


George Li is the winner of several competitions around the world including the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Gilmore Young Artist Award in 2012 and the equally prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016. Another major accolade came in 2011, when he was invited to play at the White House on the occasion of a state dinner hosted by President Obama for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. His most recent award was announced in July 2017, the 2017 Arthur Waser Prize. Under its auspices he will make his debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in May 2018.


His Mariinsky recital includes Haydn’s Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32, Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Liszt’s Consolation No. 3, and Hungarian Rhapsody No 2.


‘Live at the Mariinsky’ is released on 1 September by Warner Classics.

To find out more about George Li, grab the latest issue of Pianist magazine out now!

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