For the twentieth consecutive year The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts is sponsoring its annual music festival at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. In addition to attending lectures, concerts and masterclasses, the forty-three students selected by audition from Taiwan, China, Canada , and the United States for a three-week residency get much individual study time with an illustrious faculty. From the programs offered to the public in this estimable series, BMInt directs its readers to the one offered on Friday August 12, by the sixteen-year-old pianist, George Li, winner of the first prize in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Li, who gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinert Hall at the age of ten, currently attends Walnut Hill and studies at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division with Wha Kyung Byun. As an avid chamber musician, Li is a member of the New England Conservatory’s Vivace Trio, which has played on “From the Top” on NPR and WNET as well as for members of Congress at the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
Next season will be extremely busy for Li, He will open the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Merkin Hall, will make his Washington debut at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, and will appear in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. His Jordan Hall recital debut will be on Saturday October 29, 2011.
At ages six and seven, he won the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra as First Prize winner of the inaugural Cooper International Piano Competition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, the Boston and Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestras, the Miami, Princeton, Albany and Lexington symphonies, and with “I Solisti di Perugia” in Italy.
The August 12 program offers Czerny’s Variations on a Theme by Rode, op. 33, “La Ricordanza”; the Beethoven Sonata for Piano no. 23 in f minor, “Appassionata”; two Concert Etude of Liszt — “Waldesrauschen” and “Gnomenreigen”; and the Schubert Fantasy in C major, Op. 15 (D 760), “Wanderer Fantasy.”
The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts was organized in 1989 to “enhance the understanding and the appreciation of Eastern heritage through music and performing arts, to increase the visibility of Chinese music and performing arts through performances, to stimulate the research of Chinese music and performing arts, and to provide opportunities and assistance to young artists.” Since their founding they had presented over 90 concerts including Boston debuts of such famous performers as Lang Lang.