George Li - Lexington Ma

Aug 1995

Now a distinguished concert pianist (2018)
George wins second (silver) at Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow - 2015
Posted on Facebook:
The performance of the second contestant, George Li, was sensational. He played Tchaikovsky First and Prokofiev Third with astonishing intensity, clarity and rhythm. His emotions were on the edge and virtuosity was beyond the edge of the conventional highest level of world class competitions performances. The audience reception was truly ecstatic, especially after Tchaikovsky. George seemed to be three heads higher than the others.

Найяскравішим талантом на ХV Конкурсі Чайковського виявився дев'ятнадцятирічний американський піаніст Джордж Лі.
Лі поєднав у собі комплексні якості видатного таланту: надзвичайно позитивне світосприйняття, самовіддану любов до музики, внутрішню потребу в активному музикуванні, рідкісну звукотворчу волю, стилістичне чуття, прекрасне уявлення про вокальність в інструментальній музиці, завидний ритм, воістину всеосяжну техніку: пальцеву, октавну, аккордову, подвійні ноти, стриб...

The American pianist George Li turned out to be the brightest talent at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition. Li combines the complex qualities of outstanding talent: an extremely positive worldview, selfless love for music, an inner need for active music, a rare sound creator's will, a stylistic sense, a wonderful idea of vocalism in instrumental music, an enviable rhythm, truly comprehensive technique: finger, octave, chord, double notes, jump.

 George's debut at Birmingham Symphony Hall (England) with Maestro Gergiev and the renown Mariinsky Orchestra: another fabulous music making experience. The unique chemistry among George Li, Maestro Gergiev, and the orchestra is amazing!

October 2015

Updated 29th March 2013

OMG, I just found that in additional to Harvard and Yale, Juilliard also accepted me! It made my week!!!! I am soooooooooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                     Beethoven - Concerto No. 4                                  

 Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 

George Li  was born in August, 1995 in Boston, USA. He began studying piano at four with Mrs. Dorothy Shi (杨镜川) for seven years. George also studied with Mr. Chengzong Yin  for three years.

Currently, George studies piano from Ms. Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he pursues music studies, taking classes such as chamber music, composition, music theory and piano seminar. George's mentor is Mr. Mark Churchill.

George is the second prize winner of 2008 Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist competition.

George lives with his family in Lexington Massachusetts where he attends Jonas Clarke Middle School. George is an active fan of the Boston Red Sox. Piano is not George's only love and excel. Besides music, he enjoys reading, biking, soccer, baseball, computer games, attending concerts -- and thinking! He also shows talent and interest in math, science, and literature.

George's Upcoming Concerts:

September 10th, 11th & 12th 2009 (Sundsvall, Sweden)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2
Nordic Chamber Orchestra Sweden
Christian Lindberg, Conductor

October, 2009 (Alexander Hall, Princeton, NJ)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Zander, Conductor

November, 2009 (Palace Theatre Albany, NY)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2
Albany Symphony Orchestra
David A. Miller, Conductor

February 6, 2010 (Cary Hall Lexington, MA)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major
Lexington Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan McPhee, Conductor

Hometown: Boston
Country: United States

 Gershwin Concerto - Rhapsody In Blue

Chopin - Concerto No. 1

 Beethoven - Sonata - Appassionata

Bach - Siloti - Prelude in B minor

Recital at the Waveny Chamber Music Society 

Schoenberg - Sechs Kleine Klavierstuecke Op. 19 

 2010 was a Milestone Year for pianist George Li. In July, George performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra and won first prize in the Cooper International Piano Competition 2010; the prize package includes a full, four-year scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and concerto performances in Beijing and Shanghai, China. In November, George won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, awarding him debut recital opportunities in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston.

Born in August 1995, George Li (黎卓宇) is a 10th grade student at the Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School, where he studies piano with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun (卞和暻). George’s previous piano teachers include Mrs. Dorothy Shi (杨镜钏) and Mr. Yin Chengzong (殷承宗).

Since his first public performance at Boston Steinway Hall at the age of ten, George has gained significant attention as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. George has appeared at the opening ceremony of Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art, at the inauguration of President Tony Woodcock at New England Conservatory, solo recital at Boston’s Steinway Hall, and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. He also played at New York’s Carnegie Hall in new TV series produced by the popular NPR radio show,
From the Top. In addition, he has been featured on WBZ-TV’s Liz Walker Show and ABC’s Martha Stewart Show. George was presented by the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition to perform solo recitals. He has been invited to perform in the "Prodigies & Masters of Tomorrow" event of the Discovery Series organized by the Miami International Piano Festival.

As an active chamber musician, George is the pianist of New England Conservatory’s Vivace Trio. The Trio has performed on
From the Top’s radio series, at the NEC’s annual gala, Feast of Music. The ensemble also performed for members of US Congress at Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., as well as for NPR at WGBH.

George has performed Haydn's Concerto No. 11, Beethoven's Concerto No. 1, Saint Saens' Concerto No. 2, Mendelssohn's Concerto No. 1, Mozart's Concerto No. 21, Schumann's Concerto and Chopin's Concerto No. 1 with symphony orchestras. These orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra (Jahja Ling conductor); Xiamen Philharmonic (China; Tao Lin conductor), Symphony Pro Musica (Mark Churchill conductor), Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Venezuela; Sarah Ioannides conductor), Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (Benjamin Zander, conductor), Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra (Arkady Leytush conductor), Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Sarah Ioannides conductor), Miami Symphony Orchestra (Eduardo Marturet conductor), Waltham Symphony Orchestra (Patrick Botti conductor), Nordic Chamber Orchestra Sweden (Christian Lindberg conductor), Princeton Symphony Orchestra (Benjamin Zander, conductor), Albany Symphony Orchestra (David Alan Miller conductor), Lexington Symphony Orchestra (Jonathan McPhee), and Orchestra "I Solisti di Perugia" (Spoleto, Italy). George has been invited to perform Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 with Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (Arkady Leytush conductor) in May, 2011. Please see his
Calendar for more information.

George won first prizes in MMTA piano competition at the age of 6 and 7. George won second prizes in both the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the World Piano Competition at the age of nine. In 2008, George won the second prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist Competition. In 2010, George won the first prize in the Cooper International Piano Competition in July; George also won the first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in November.

 Mozart - Concerto No. 21

Schumann - Concerto in A Minor

                                            Beethoven - Concerto No. 1                                        

Haydn Concerto No. 11 in D Major

 In July, George Li performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra and won first prize in the Cooper International Competition 2010. His generous prize package included $10,000, a full four-year scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and concerto performance opportunities in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

In November, George took home top honors in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His winnings included debut performances in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, as well as three or more years of professional concert management by the YCA. (Read congratulatory letter.)

In 2010, George successfully performed four newly-learned concertos with six symphony orchestras, as well as eight major solo recitals (for more information please visit George’s
Highlights and Calendar). All of these performances received standing ovations and glowing Reviews.

In addition, George successfully completed his ninth grade academic curriculum with excellent grades and wonderful compliments from all of his teachers.

As his parents, Katie and Jian would like to see George become a wonderful human being first, a wonderful musician second, and, finally, develop his full potential as a concert artist.

We are acutely aware that talent alone would not have made George who he is now – it takes a Village to nurture a child to become a successful person. Katie and Jian attribute their son’s success to the great Village that surrounds him, providing an excellent environment with vitally important support and nurturing. In this website we have specifically included a
Village page to acknowledge those who have contributed to George’s rapid academic and musical growth, and express our heartfelt gratitude to them. Within this Village there is George’s piano teacher, Ms. Wha Kyung Byun; his guardian angel, Ms. Cathy Chan; music mentor, Maestro Mark Churchill; Madam Susan Wadsworth; Maestro Benjamin Zander; Mrs. Dorothy Shi; Mr. Yin Chengzong; the Town of Lexington; Walnut Hill School; the Preparatory School of the New England Conservatory; National Public Radio’s “From the Top”; M. Steinert & Sons; and the Young Concert Artists (YCA). Please visit George’s Village page for more information.

For those of you who would like to get to know George a bit better, this website includes his
Biography, Repertoire (Solo, Concerti, Chamber Music), Samples (a selection of video clips), Press (reviews and press releases), and Highlights (major events of George’s musical journey).

Solo Recital for Young Artist Forum in Albany, NY
Mozart Concerto No. 21 with Lexington Symphony Orchestra in Lexington, MA
Solo Recital presented by the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in Hilton Head, SC
Solo Recital presented by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, UT
Schumann Concerto in A minor with Symphony Pro Musica in Hudson and Westborough, MA
Chopin Concerto No. 1 with "I Solisti di Perugia" Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy
Recitals in Cooper International Competition in Oberlin, OH
Chopin Concerto No. 1 with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH
Recital in the 19th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill in Natick, MA
Chopin Concerto No. 1 with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in Tucson, AZ
Recital with younger brother Andrew Li at First Presbyterian Church in Utica, NY
Recital at Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, MA
Recitals at Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, NY
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of NEC at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA

  Saint Saens - Concerto No. 2

Mendelssohn - Concerto No. 1

 Mendelssohn - Concerto No. 1 - Part 2

Liszt - Concert Etude Waldesrauschen

  Liszt - Concert Etude Gnomenreigen


                 Scarlatti - Sonata in E Major 

   Haydn - Sonata in C

Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23

Liszt - The Nightingale by Andrew Li

Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor K. 141

                    Meditation from Thais by Yuki Beppu                   

 Beethoven Trio in E flat

Beethoven - Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Appassioanata

 Schubert - Fantasie in C Op.15 Wanderer Fantasy

                                                                            Liszt Consolation No. 3

George performed this as encore in his NEC solo Recital on June 11, 2009.

George has had a great success in his recital concert yesterday. Williams Hall was completely packed with warm hearted music lovers - teachers and friends, and they gave George a standing ovation as encouragement.

We are extremely grateful to George's Piano Teacher Ms. Byun, George's music mentor Maestro Churchill, George's guardian angel Ms. Cathy Chen, Piano Department Chair Ms. Roth, Chamber Music coach Ms. Blustein, Music Theory Chair Mr. Larry Bell, Conductor Maestro Zander, Piano Seminar Teacher Mr. Rivera, and all the great teachers in the Prep School of New England Conservatory.

We would also like to thank Mrs. Dorothy Shi and Mr. Chengzong Yin, who have built a strong solid piano foundation for George.

We would like to express our deepest appreciation to George's Mother-Music-School -- The Prep School of NEC, where he acquires all his music knowledge and where he received careful nurture toward a young piano artist.

We thank all of those who attended the concert - your appearance has been the great honor of the Li family!