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Jun 15, 2010


Yundi at WNYC

The artist formerly known as Yundi Li is a superstar in his native China. His face shows up on billboards and ads almost as much as that of his colleague and contemporary, Lang Lang, but the young pianist has dropped his family name and now goes by his given name only. As Yundi, he told us that he hopes to offer a friendlier, more accessible profile to his sizable global audience.


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Mar 17, 2010


Piano idol Yundi strikes right chord

He has unquestionably a formidable technique, but never uses it to stun his audience into submission, as some of his Russian contemporaries are prone to do — let’s mention no names. Rather he deploys it to float a perfectly weighted melody against a broken-chord accompaniment as unruffled and beautiful as a blue lagoon. Or perhaps to unfold a glistening ornamental run of such pearl-like translucence as to beggar belief.


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Mar 07, 2010


Yundi Li: 'I think I'm not a normal artist'

Two young Chinese performers are taking the world of classical music by storm. But while the international superstar Lang Lang thrives in the spotlight, Yundi Li prefers to let the purity of his pianism do the talking.


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Mar 03, 2010


Yundi Li: The pianist with a quiet approach to fame

A classical pianist with a rock star following, Yundi Li has been packing concert halls for nearly a decade.

The 28-year-old Chinese performer has been playing the piano for twenty years and has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2000. Held every five years Li became the competition's youngest ever winner, and the first pianist deemed worthy of top honors for ten years.


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Dec 16, 2007


"Prokofiev" CD review

In this high-wire, high-contrast pairing of Prokofiev's manically concussive Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ravel's buoyant Piano Concerto in G Major, fast-rising Chopin and Liszt virtuoso Yundi Li expands his musical imprint impressively. He strides into the storm of Prokofiev's early work with the air of someone willing to risk everything. The first-movement cadenza is about as fearsome as piano playing gets - a storm of keyboard-spanning chords and runs driven by slashing attacks.


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