Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and at the XIVe Concours International “Grand Prix Animato 2014” in Paris, he won First Prize, as well as the Special Schumann and Brahms Prizes and the Audience Prize.
He was awarded the Best Sonata Performance at the 2015 National Chopin Competition, in addition to Third Prize. Having won the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Li also won Second Prize at the 2014 Vendome Prize and the 2012 Tabor Foundation Piano Award of the Verbier Academy. His 2015-16 season includes appearances as soloist with the Fairfax Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Canada. He performs in France at the Musée du Louvre, Le Festival International de Musique in Dinard, and in the L’Association Frédéric Chopin Lyon’s “Les Virtuoses du Piano” series..
Li also appears in recital in the U.S. at Pittsburgh’s Rodef Shalom Congregation and the Chopin Foundation of the U.S and returns to perform chamber music with Winsor Music. Last season, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut, performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Gerard Schwarz. As a concerto soloist, he has also appeared with the Richmond, Hilton Head, Edmonton, and Stamford Symphonies, the Boise and Spartanburg Philharmonics, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Norrkoping Orchestra in Sweden. Li has performed recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Tryon Concert Association, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Candlelight Concert Society, University of Georgia, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Miami International Piano Festival, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Vancouver Recital Society, Shriver Hall, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, among others. In 2011, Li performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel..
He was chosen to appear at the opening ceremony of Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art and the inauguration of President Tony Woodcock at the New England Conservatory, and has performed for members of US Congress at the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. First Prize Winner in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Li’s highly acclaimed New York debut at the age of 16 opened the 51st Young Concert Artists Series in the Peter Marino Concert at Merkin Concert Hall. Li also made his debut in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, both to rave reviews. As First Prize winner of the inaugural Cooper Competition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with orchestras including the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, and with “I Solisti di Perugia” in Italy. He played Beethoven’s Concerto No.4 with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander on a European tour..
George Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten. He won First Prize in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Competition twice at the ages of six and seven. While attending the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he studied piano with Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory. He is currently in the Harvard University/ New England Conservatory joint program, continuing his studies with Wha Kyung Byun..