Piano Sensation Yundi Li Will Round Out Concert Season


Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

The yearlong Ithaca College Concerts season "Celebrations" will close with a performance by rising star pianist Yundi Li on Tuesday, April 5, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall.

The program will feature Mozart's Sonata no. 10 in C Major, Robert Schumann's Carnaval, Chopin's Andante spianato and grande polonaise brillante, op. 22, and Liszt's Rhapsodie Espagnole.

Tickets can be purchased at the Clinton House ticket center, at the Willard Straight Hall box office, or by phone at (607) 273-4497 or 800-284-8422. Prices are as follows:

Li won the prestigious Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000 at the age of 18. The first Chinese winner of that competition, he became an overnight sensation in his homeland. Moreover, Li was not only one of the youngest winners in the history of the competition, which is held every five years, but was also the first person in 15 years to be awarded a first prize.

He made his United States debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003 as part of Steinway and Sons' 150th anniversary gala concert. A month later, he made his American concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 1 in a performance remarkable for its subtlety, sensitivity, and mature artistry.