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Yundi Li

Biography

Born: October 7, 1982; Chongquing  
Yundi Li is among the most acclaimed and popular Classical pianists of his generation, ranked behind only Lang Lang as the best-known pianist to have emerged from China. In time, however, he may well surpass his compatriot as the leading Chinese pianist of the twenty first century. Li rose to instant stardom with his victory at the 2000 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. At 18 he was the youngest pianist ever to capture first prize Read more there, and he has since won over an ever-growing and devoted following in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, both from his numerous acclaimed concerts and high-profile, award-winning recordings. Li was initially associated with the works of Chopin and Liszt, the two composers who dominated his first recordings and often appeared on his concert programs. But Li's repertory is fairly extensive now, taking in works by Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart, Schumann, Prokofiev, and Ravel. His performance style is broad, almost chameleonic, sounding plush and Romantic and fiery for Chopin and Liszt, but turning grittier and darker for works like the Prokofiev Second Concerto and playful and bouncy for the Ravel G major. Li has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.

Yundi Li (or, as the Chinese order his names, Li Yundi) was born on October 7, 1982. At the age of four he was playing the accordion and by seven was taking piano lessons. His progress was astonishing: in 1995 he won the U.S.-based Stravinsky International Youth Competition. Successes in other competitions followed in the next few years, with a third-place finish in the Liszt International and a first prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.

After his Chopin Competition victory in 2000, Li was suddenly in demand. His first recording, an all-Chopin disc on DG, was released in 2002. In 2003 Li made his Carnegie Hall debut to great acclaim, and that same year DG released his second album, an all-Liszt CD, which The New York Times named Best CD of the Year.

In 2006 Li relocated to Hong Kong, where he has since lived. His 2007 DG CD of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Ravel G major, with Seiji Ozawa and the Berlin Philharmonic, became a bestseller, making the Classical Billboard chart. The album was cited once more by The New York Times, in this instance as one of the best classical CDs of the year. Read less
Browse 1-21 of 21 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Beethoven: Emperor Concerto; Schumann: Fantasy / Yundi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002010302 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Yundi Li
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Yundi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001796802 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 3.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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  • 4.
    The Red Piano / Yundi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0886582 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Xinghai Xian,  Traditional,  Zhang Zhao,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Yundi Li
    Conductor:  Zuohuang Chen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra
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    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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    Liszt - Wild & Crazy / Argerich, Richter, Bolet...
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001565102 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Alice Sara Ott,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Classical Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566202 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Franz Liszt,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lang Lang,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Adám Fischer,  James Levine,  Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
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  • 8.
    Yundi - Live In Beijing [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 31639 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebène
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  • 10.
    Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes / Yundi Li
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08391 Release Date: 04/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 11.
    Young Romantic - A Portrait Of Yundi Li
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079058 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 12.
    Chopin Complete Edition [17-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001382602 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Martin Martineau,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Krystian Zimerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish Festival Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2;  Ravel / Li, Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001017502 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yundi Li
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Piano Moods - A Collection of Romantic Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872602 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lazar Berman  ... 
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    Liszt: Piano Concertos / Li, Davis, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000823602 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Yundi Li
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Vienna Recital - Scarlatti, Mozart, Liszt, Et Al / Yundi Li
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000609002 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 17.
    Yundi Li Live In Concert
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000506709 Release Date: 11/08/2005  
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Yu Shi Wang
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 18.
    Chopin: Scherzi, Impromptus / Yundi Li
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000388702 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 19.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Liszt / Yundi Li
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000085102 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 21.
    Chopin / Yundi Li
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471479 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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