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This is a Chinese name; the family name is 李 (Li).
Li Yundi
Background information

Born October 7, 1982 (1982-10-07) (age 27)
Chongqing, China
Occupations pianist
Instruments Piano

Li's signatureLi Yundi (Chinese: 李云迪, pinyin: Lǐ Yúndí) (born October 7, 1982) is a classical pianist. He is also popularly known as Yundi Li. Born in Chongqing, China, Li is most well known for being the youngest pianist to win the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition at the age of eighteen years in the year 2000. Li now resides in Hong Kong.

His father, Li Chuan, and his mother, Zhang Xiaolu, both worked for the Sichuan Chongqing Steel and Iron Company. Although coming from a family of non-musicians, Li Yundi took to music early. When he was three years old, his parents bought him an accordion after he was so entranced by an accordion player in a shopping mall that he refused to leave. He mastered the instrument by the age of four, studying with Tan Jianmin, a music professor in China. Only one year later, he won the top prize at the Chongqing Children's Accordion Competition. Li began studying piano at the age of seven years. Two years later, his teacher introduced him to Dan Zhaoyi, one of China's most renowned piano teachers, with whom he would study for nine years. Li's ambition was to become a professional pianist. In 1994, he entered the Shenzhen Arts School, ShenZhen, China

Li has received top awards at various competitions. He won the Children's Piano Competition in Beijing in 1994. 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 being 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 the Chinese Culture Ministry, Li participated in the 14th International Frederick 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 was given a Polonaise award by the Chopin Society for his performance at the competition.

Soon after, Li sought out pianist Arie Vardi as an instructor, and therefore left his parents' home to live and study at a music school in Hannover, Germany ("Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater").

Performing And Recording Career
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 United States concerto debut took place the next month, when he performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1. He was also honoured at a special reception at the home of the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, where he performed for various officials of the US State Department.

Li's second recording of Liszt for Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he exclusively recorded until November 2008, was released in August 2003 and was named "Best CD of the Year" by The New York Times. His third recording, comprising Chopin's four Scherzi and three Impromptus, was released in late 2004. He has also given a recital in the renowned Musikverein in Vienna, performing works by Mozart, Scarlatti, Schumann, and Liszt.

Li obtained Hong Kong residentship in November 2006 under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, the first batch of people to do so under the scheme.

Li is the subject of a forthcoming feature-length documentary, The Young Romantic: Yundi Li, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete.

Li performed a solo recital at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 16th March 2010. He played a repertoire of Chopin pieces to a sell-out crowd.

For more details on this topic, see Li Yundi discography.

Complete Nocturnes (EMI)
Chopin Recital

Piano Sonata in B minor No. 3 op. 58
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22
Études op. 10 Nos. 2 + 5 op. 25 No. 11 »Winter Wind«
Nocturnes op. 9 Nos. 1 + 2 op. 15 No. 2
Impromptu op. 66
CD |D|D|D| 4714792

Franz Liszt

Piano Sonata in B minor
La Campanella
Widmung after Schumann: Liebeslied
Liebestraum No. 3
Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli
CD |D|D|D| 471 585-2 SACD |D|D|D| 474 2972 Awards: Echo Award 2003

Chopin: Scherzo & Impromptus

4 Scherzo:
No. 1 op. 20 · No. 2 op. 31
No. 3 op. 39 · No. 4 op. 54
3 Impromptus
No. 1 op. 29 · No. 2 op. 36
No. 3 op. 51
SACD |D|D|D| 474 8782 CD |D|D|D| 474 5162

Vienna Recital

Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole
Mozart: Piano Sonata KV 330
D. Scarlatti: Sonatas K. 380 + K. 13
Schumann: Carnaval op. 9
CD |D|D|D| 477 557-1 |G|H|

Chopin & Liszt Piano Concerto No.1

Liszt: Concerto for piano no.1 in E-Flat,S.124
Chopin: Concerto for piano no.1 in E-minor,op.11
CD |D|D|D| 00289 477 6402 |G|H|

Prokofiev/Ravel: Piano Concertos

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
CD |D|D|D| 477 659-3 |G|H|

Yundi - The Young Romantic

Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, op.20 Scherzo in B flat minor, op.31 Scherzo in C sharp minor, op.39 Scherzo in E major, op.54; Franz Liszt: Grandes Études de Paganini: La Campanella
Bonus: Yundi Li plays at La Roque d’Anthéron
DVD 3079058 EuroArts/Ideale Audience

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