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I had just seen and heard Yundi Li in concert and was floored by his impressive talent. Someone sitting nearby told me that I would also be impressed by his recordings. It was a huge understatement! This young man has talent to spare and shows it in every way on every track. I have ordered all of his recordings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Yundi Li was born in Chongquing in central China. Like many musicians, his penchant for music became apparent in early childhood. One day, when he was three years old, he was so fascinated by a man playing an accordion in a shopping mall that he refused to leave the mall. At the age of four, he started learning to play the accordion. When he was seven, he asked his parents to let him have piano lessons. At the age of twelve, Li gave the best performance in a fiercely competitive selection process and thus earned himself a place at the top music school in Sichuan province. About a year later, when Li's teacher decided to take up a post at the School of Arts in Shenzhen, southern China, Li's family moved in order to allow the young prodigy to continue his studies in Shenzhen. The tuition at this school was expensive, and Li's mother had already given up her job in order to supervise the boy's education. However, Li had won numerous scholarships and awards which enabled him to afford the fees. At thirteen, Li won the Stravinsky Competition in the United States. He went on to take First Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in the United States and Third Prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in the Netherlands, as well as being a major winner in the Second China International Piano Competition in Beijing. At just eighteen, Yundi Li won the first prize at the Frederic Chopin Competition held in Warsaw in October 2000. He is believed to be the youngest winner of this prestigious contest which has been held every five years since 1927.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.