George Li Signs to Warner Classics, Debut Album Live at the Mariinsky Expected October 6

George Li

Pianist George Li celebrates his newly-signed exclusive Warner Classics contract with his recording debut, the solo recital Live at the Mariinsky. The young winner of the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015 offers an enthralling program of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Liszt. It was recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg in October 2016.
Li describes the album’s trajectory as being “like a journey down to Hell and back up again.”  When he performed the same technically and emotionally-demanding program at the Edinburgh Festival, The Herald wrote: “As anyone present in the Queen’s Hall yesterday for the sensational concert given by Bostonian pianist George Li will tell you, no piano recital ever more deserved five stars.  [Li has] masses of style, acres of expertise and technical virtuosity with dexterity almost beyond categorization … I’ve seldom felt a crowd being so swept along by the momentum of an event; and they roared for more.” Li, now 21 years old, was born in Boston to music-loving parents who came to the USA from China. He started taking part in music competitions as a child and over the years has won a number of competitions around the world, among them the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2012, he received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, which in 2016 was followed by the equally prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Another major accolade came in 2011, when he was invited to play at the White House on the occasion of a state dinner that President Obama hosted for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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