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Extractions: Movies Dining/Food Local events Music ... Music MUSIC REVIEW By Richard Dyer, Globe Staff, 4/12/2004 Pianist Yundi Li has the talent, the looks, and the personal charisma to be a standard-bearer for a new generation of performers and audiences. Jordan Hall was sold out for his Boston debut recital Saturday night, and many children and young people were in the audience. They listened attentively, and after every piece they whooped and hollered approval; at the end they demanded three encores. ADVERTISEMENT Li is only 21, and you can't hold it against him that he plays like a young man and not like an old master. To his credit, he doesn't imitate any of the old masters, preferring to offer his own take on the music, which on Saturday night was core repertoire for nearly every pianist, all four Chopin Scherzos and the Liszt Sonata. It isn't patronizing to observe that he has a lot to learn, both about the piano and about life, because he clearly knows this himself; he is offering us who he is now and where he is on his life journey. In the first half of the program, the Scherzos, he didn't operate on quite the level one expected from his Deutsche Grammophon CDs, but that wasn't his fault he was battling a piano that wasn't in satisfactory or responsive shape. A technician spent the intermission working on the instrument, and the Liszt Sonata sounded better. Li's playing of the Scherzos was full of extraordinary detail. The gymnastics were not merely the result of working at the keyboard for seven or eight hours a day for 14 years, but also of gifts of ear and imagination that no amount of practicing can create. What these performances lacked was momentum, shape, and inevitability what the teacher of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter identified as his student's "aerial view" of everything he played. Li's Scherzos were ravishing, but they advanced in fits and starts.
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Extractions: Piano Prodigy Li Yundi Intelligent And Cool Li Yundi is in cool young kid mode. Wearing a casual navy blue checked shirt paired with blue jeans and sneakers, the erupting ring of a cell phone inspires him to mischievously whistle an identical imitation of the tune. Hardly the image of classical music's icon du jour. But then he sits down, and strikes the first note of Frederick Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor." Almost instantly, a serious expression has overtaken his expressive face, and he is one with the music. The occasion is a rehearsal for a joint concert, held last Wednesday at the Shanghai Grand Theater with Japanese violinist Tamaki Kawakubo, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Shanghai and Osaka. Li plays with a rare combination of virtuoso skill and poetic interpretations, each note he plays a reminder of why, in 2000, his music inspired the jury of the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition to gave out the first top prize in 15 years to the then 18-year-old boy, the first Chinese and the youngest contestant ever to claim the trophy.
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Extractions: Young Pianist Hits Right Note Li Yundi, a 18-year-old pianist rose to world fame after he won first prize at the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw last month. The contest, the most prestigious piano contest in the world which has been held every five years since 1927, has decided the fate of many piano masters. Among former first prize winners, Maurizio Pollini is now enjoying world respect and Krystian Zimerman has become the embodiment of Chopin in the 20th century. "Pollini won the contest at 18 - I would like to be another Maurizio Pollini," Li Yundi said. Li won the competition by showing off his all-round mature playing technique and in-depth understanding of Chopin.
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Extractions: It has been two years since Yundi Li captured 1st prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He broke the silence in the year 2000, as before then, the 1st prize had not been awarded for two consecutive competitions over a period of 15 years after Stanislov Bunin won first prize in 1985. The question is whether Yundi will indeed join the array of past competition winners who rule the musical world today, or will he be forgotten like Bunin or Dang Thai-Son. In the 2001 recording, Yundi was completely a modern pianist. Yet, in the 2002 recording, there are clear hints of Romantic pianism. He plays the Chopin Waltz and Nocturne very much in the same tradition as that of Ignaz Friedman, with extrememly detailed phrasing and much more rubato than he used to use. He has recorded Chopins Mazurka No. 22 and 23 in one take. The pause between the two Mazurkas were rather long, but during the silence the atmosphere transcends from a tranquil, melancholy, and sleepy mood into a more excited and passionate dance. In the Mazurkas Yundi has truly captured the spirit of the Polish dance, and he plays them in a charming old-school manner.
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Extractions: Reports say Li Yundi was born to be a pianist. [China Daily/file] Li Yundi is in cool young kid mode. Wearing a casual navy blue checked shirt paired with blue jeans and sneakers, the erupting ring of a cell phone inspires him to mischievously whistle an identical imitation of the tune. Hardly the image of classical music's icon du jour. But then he sits down, and strikes the first note of Frederick Chopin's ``Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.'' Almost instantly, a serious expression has overtaken his expressive face, and he is one with the music. The occasion is a rehearsal for a joint concert, held last Wednesday at the Shanghai Grand Theater with Japanese violinist Tamaki Kawakubo, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Shanghai and Osaka. Li plays with a rare combination of virtuoso skill and poetic interpretations, each note he plays a reminder of why, in 2000, his music inspired the jury of the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition to gave out the first top prize in 15 years to the then 18-year-old boy, the first Chinese and the youngest contestant ever to claim the trophy.
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Extractions: Lang Lang passionately performing Strauss' "Soiree de Vienne" for students and their parents at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music on Tuesday. [Eastday.com] You could hear a pin drop in this small concert hall at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as the notes from Strauss' ``Soiree de Vienne'' from the opera ``Die Fledermaus'' (``The Bat'') floated through the crowd of teenage students and their parents. It's a standard piece for these promising young pianists, but it wasn't the score that captivated them: It was the musician. This Tuesday, a day before his Shanghai Grand Theater concert, Chinese pianist Lang Lang was holding a master class for more than 100 piano students, and the students were agape at the innovative way Lang's fingers raced across the keyboard. It was a hard act to follow, but six students did so, with one lucky student performing Liszt's ``Hungarian Rhapsody No 6'' under Lang's instruction. ``You can make this period more dance-like and fluctuating,'' says Lang, demonstrating with his signature vivid expressions. A minute passed. ``Here, Liszt becomes a beast,'' Lang says, punctuating his instruction with a realistic roar and beastly move. Point well taken. ``Classical music always impresses young people as too dull or stiff, something archaic and removed from them,'' says Lang. ``I want to change that perspective and communicate with them through my music. And if I'm put on a pedestal for that, so be it,'' he shrugs. In fact, it seems that the goal of promoting classical music among young people has been on the 21-year-old's agenda for quite some time now.
Extractions: Associated Press Writer SHENZHEN, China It is perhaps against all odds that Li Yundi has become such a promising young pianist. The 18-year-old student, who recently won a gold medal in Warsaw at the International Frederic Chopin Competition, came from humble beginnings. Born in the remote southwestern province of Sichuan to nonmusical parents, Li was 4 when he saw an accordion in a shop window in his hometown of Chongqing and begged his mother to buy it. His prized instrument in hand, Li started lessons at the Sichuan Children's Palace, a center for children's cultural activities. He switched to piano at 7. At the center, Li met his teacher and mentor, professor Dan Zhaoyi, who had to teach himself Western music after having no chance during China's cultural revolution. The authorities locked up pianos, smashed other Western instruments and burned sheet music to prevent any practice of what was regarded as a pointless bourgeois pursuit. Musicians were forced into humiliating menial jobs in an attempt by the state to "re-educate" them. Dan persevered and found his career as a music teacher becoming for Li the "greatest influence in my life."
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Extractions: Los Angeles Times The last time there was a first-prize winner, Li Yundi was a toddler in central China who had never even touched a keyboard. Even now, he barely needs to shave. But he proved himself an artistic force in October when, two weeks after turning 18, Li took top honors at the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of the world's most prestigious musical contests, held every five years.. Displaying what judges called virtuosic technique and a poetic style, Li beat out 97 participants to become the first gold medalist at the competition since 1985. In 1990 and 1995, the notoriously finicky panel of judges refused to award anyone first place, prompting criticism and bitterness in the piano-playing world. Li is also the first Chinese and one of the youngest contestants ever to claim the top prize in the competition's 73-year history. His victory, which assures Li of an entree to the world's major concert halls and recording studios, has turned the pianist into an overnight sensation in his native land, where President Jiang Zemin is known to enjoy Western classical music and a member of the Communist Politburo requested 30 tickets to a hastily organized concert by Li and the China National Symphony here in Beijing in late November.
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Extractions: The young pianist stated that he is especially looking forward to working with Tamas Vasary, because the Hungarian is the music director of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and an internationally famous pianist on a par with Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, moreover, is the one orchestra that best represents the essence of Hungary, a country that has produced Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kocsis, and others.
Extractions: Source: The China Post Mainland Chinese-born pianist Li Yundi, left, during a press conference in Taipei yesterday. i Yundi, the 18-year-old virtuoso who won the grand prize at the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw last October, declared yesterday: "There will be no more contests for me. Winning the Chopin competition has opened the door for me and my career. There is no need to do it again."
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