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May 11, 2012

Yundi to give Beijing master class
On May 14 Yundi will give a master class at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Committed to promoting music beyond the concert hall, Yundi has been a pioneer for musical education in China, where his unique position in Chinese culture has played a significant role in millions of children's piano studies.
May 04, 2012

Yundi signs new exclusive contract with Universal Music

In Beijing today, May 4th, Yundi signed a new exclusive recording contract with the Universal Music Group. Yundi’s first recording project will be of Beethoven Sonatas, featuring his most romantic works, namely the Moonlight, Pathétique and Appassionato sonatas. The Beethoven Concertos will follow. Yundi’s first new album for Universal will be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label later in 2012.

 

“I’m thrilled to be recording with Universal Music,” said Yundi. “We have many exciting plans for the future and I look forward to exploring Beethoven’s great piano sonatas and concertos and then going on to other composers and works in the future. I feel this new collaboration is a home-coming for me and I look forward to this renewed collaboration to bring classical music to a new generation.”

 

Yundi’s 2012/13 season opens with an extensive tour of Japan and Asia before moving to Europe where he’ll perform across the continent including Berlin, Munich, Paris, Rotterdam and London. In addition to his musical activities, Yundi is also committed to humanitarian work which includes acting as an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China and for his hometown of Chongqing. Yundi has been one of pioneers of musical education in China where his unique position in Chinese culture has played a crucial role in millions of children learning the piano.

 

Read the full press release here. 


Apr 27, 2012

Yundi to give Beijing recital on May 2

Next week Yundi takes the stage of Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts for a recital that includes sonatas by Beethoven and Chopin as well as iconic melodies from his Chinese heritage. Yundi opens his concert program with Beethoven’s sublime Sonata no. 8 in C minor, “Pathetique.” He continues the evening with “Five Yunnan Folk Songs,” “Pi Huang,” “Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon,” and “In That Place Wholly Faraway.” To end his concert in the Chinese capital, Yundi will play Chopin’s dazzling Sonata no. 2 in B-Flat minor. Many of the works featured in Yundi’s program can be heard on disc from EMI Classics.

Preview and purchase The Red Piano.

 

Preview and purchase Yundi: Live in Beijing.

 

Book tickets for Yundi’s Beijing recital here.

 


Mar 09, 2012

Yundi’s European recital tour takes him to Paris, Munich, culminates in Leipzig Gewandhaus debut
Currently on an extensive tour across Europe, Yundi presents a recital program of Chopin works and the music of his Chinese heritage on the stages of Paris's Salle Pleyel (March 12), Munich's Herrkulessaal der Residenz (March 13) and Leipzig's Gewandhaus (March 17). Yundi’s performance at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus will mark the Chinese-born pianist’s house debut at the legendary venue. A premier Chopin interpreter, Yundi will perform the Polish composer¹s dazzling Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise, selected nocturnes, and the deeply lyrical Second Sonata.

Yundi will also feature several pieces from his latest EMI Classics album The Red Piano. These songs include Pi Huang (Peking Opera), Colourful clouds chasing the moon, Sunflower, and In that place wholly faraway - a track you can watch by clicking below.

Watch Yundi perform In that place wholly faraway.

Reserve seats for Yundi’s Paris recital here

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Feb 24, 2012

The Red Piano, Yundi's latest album, is now available.
Recorded on a red Steinway grand in Beijing's dazzling National Performing Arts Centre in July 2011, Red Piano commemorates the centenary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution and the 90 year anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party.

Red is the traditional color of China. "Red is also the best color to show my love to my country," Yundi says. The centerpiece of Red Piano is one of the best-known works in the Chinese orchestral repertoire, Yellow River Piano Concerto, performed with the China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra under conductor Zuohuang Chen. The concerto is followed by a selection of virtuosic, classical pieces for solo piano based on traditional Chinese melodies and songs, several of them arranged, and one newly composed for the disc, by the contemporary Chinese composer Zhang Zhao. A bonus DVD contains two solo piano songs and a "behind the scenes" mini-documentary.

"I hope Red Piano opens a new gateway for music lovers in the West," Yundi said recently. "They may better understand the folk features of Chinese music and it may spark their interest to know more about China. ... Music is the best communication tool that does not need language and can bring people from different cultures together. My new album is an opportunity to win glory for Chinese music."

Click here to purchase the album.

Preview tracks here.


UPCOMING CONCERTS

Aug 18 2017 Concert: Warsaw, National Philharmonic, Warsaw, Poland
Aug 29 2017 Concert: Chongqing, Chongqing Grand Theatre, Chongqing, China
Aug 31 2017 Concert: Guangzhou, XingHai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, China

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