Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. Hailed for her “torrents of voluptuous sound...Li impresses as an artist of tremendous conviction, who fascinates even as she provokes“ by Gramophone Magazine and for her "...big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Li has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall and WQXR’s Greene Space in New York, the Kimmel Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, the California Theater in San Jose, the Grieghallen in Norway and the National Concert Hall in Tianjin, China.
NOTE: Program subject to change
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, Wo0 80
Ein brief, Op.35
Nocturne (Diana), Op. 24 No.1
Lyrica Nova, Op.59 No.3
Preludes, Op. 33 No.8
Britten: “The trees they grow so high”
Renée Favand-See: Growing (WORLD PREMIERE!)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018:
3pm OUTREACH at Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 NE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018: 7pm at Willamette View, 12705 S.E. River Road Portland OR 97222 (note: open to Willamette View residents only)
Friday, Dec 7, 2018: 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal in Salem, 1444 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97302
Saturday, Dec 8, 2018: 10am MASTERCLASS at University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, Portland OR 97205
Saturday, Dec 8, 2018: 3pm at Portland Piano Company, 8700 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220
Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. Hailed for her “torrents of voluptuous sound...Li impresses as an artist of tremendous conviction, who fascinates even as she provokes” by Gramophone Magazine and for her "...big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Li has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall and WQXR’s Greene Space in New York, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Performing Arts Center, San Jose’s California Theater, the Grieghallen in Norway and Berliner Philarmonie in Germany.
Highlights of the ‘17/18 season include debut recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie and her CD recording debut “Melancholie” on the Steinway & Sons label. Featuring works by Schumann, Lourié and Bartók, Li's playing was lauded by the Art Music Lounge as "...extremely expressive...with a smoldering undercurrent that reaches deep inside the notes...a fascinating album, one that points to an artist with a deep emotional commitment to the music she is playing." Upcoming projects include a concerto appearance with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, recitals at Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society, Oregon's Portland Piano International, Rhode Island's Jamestown Piano Association and North of History in New York, as well as a recording project "Une lettre" of the works of Sergei Bortkiewicz for the Steinway & Sons label. A passionate advocate of new music, she will be giving the world premiere of works by Renee Favand-See and Samuel Zyman. Recent engagements include recitals at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., McGill University and the University of Washington, performances of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner, Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with McGill Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Alexis Hauser and the NYCA Symphony Orchestra under Eduard Zilberkant, and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony with Jason Weinberger. She also appeared as a guest artist for the New York Philharmonic Symposium on Stravinsky with conductor Valery Gergiev.
Ms. Li has garnered worldwide recognition, most recently as the winner of the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, Astral Artist’s 2016 National Auditions, the Grieg International Competition in Norway, and the unanimous 1st Prize at the Concours Musical de France. She is also a top prizewinner of the International Russian Piano Competition, Midwest International Piano Competition, the Kosciusko Chopin Piano Competition and The Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.
Her performances have been broadcast internationally on New York’s WQXR, Canada National CBC Radio, Norwegian National Radio: NPK P2/NPK Klassisk, Texas Public Radio, Chicago’s WFMT Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Philadelphia’s WWFM The Classical Network and WRTI, and Hunan Daily in China.
A deeply devoted chamber musician, Ms. Li has collaborated with ensembles such as the New Orford String Quartet, the Jasper String Quartet, and Quatuor Hugo Wolf, and has appeared in concert series and venues including Bennett Gordon Concert Hall at Ravinia, Brandywine Museum in Philadelphia, Château de Fountainebleau in France, Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square, Salle Redpath and Pollack Hall in Montréal, and Théâtre de Vevey in Switzerland. Summer festival appearances include performances at such prominent chamber music festivals as Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, Kneisel Hall, Juilliard ChamberFest, and Fontainebleau Festival in France.
Ms. Li holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree, both on a full scholarship, from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein. After obtaining her Artist Diploma studying with Peter Frankl at Yale School of Music, she completed her doctorate studies at the McGill School of Music under Dr. Stéphane Lemelin. She has served as Piano Faculty/Chamber music coach for the McGill School of Music for undergraduate students and for the HeifetzPEG Institute in Virginia and is also the co-founder and Artistic Director for “The Last Soirée”, a multi-genre performing arts series which launched in New York last spring, and ”Fishin' in C Chamber Music Series", a diverse chamber concert series in Philadelphia that launched in Fall 2018.
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