Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 28
Tickets: 380-1,680 yuan
Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)
Metro: Shekou Line, Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E
Chinese pianist Li Yundi will give a recital at the Shenzhen Poly Theater.
Li has received top awards at various competitions. In 1995, he was awarded first place at the Stravinsky International Youth Competition. In 1998, he won the 1998 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (Junior Division). The next year, he took third prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition of Utrecht, as well as becoming a major winner in the China International Piano Competition. He also won first place at the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition.
In October 2000, at the urging of China’s Ministry of Culture, Li participated in the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He was the first participant to be awarded first prize in 15 years. At 18 years of age, he was the youngest winner — and the first Chinese — in the competition’s history. Li earned the Polonaise Award from the Chopin Society for his performance at the competition.
Soon after, Li sought out pianist Arie Vardi as an instructor, leaving his parents’ home to live and study at a music school in Hannover, Germany.
Li’s debut in the United States took place in June 2003 at Carnegie Hall as part of Steinway and Sons’ 150th Anniversary Gala. His U.S. concerto debut took place the following month when he performed “Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.” He was also honored at a special reception at the home of the Chinese ambassador to the United States, where he performed for various officials from the U.S. State Department.