— About —
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, “a thrillingly good pianist” by The New Yorker 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.
“ZHENNI LI, A BRILLIANT, SOPHISTICATED, AND VERSATILE MASTER OF PIANO” --HELSINGIN SANOMAT
Highlights of the ‘17/18 season include debut recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie and her CD recording debut “Mélancholie” 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 National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, recitals at New York’s Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society, Oregon's Portland Piano International, Rhode Island's Jamestown Piano Association, 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 (“Growing”) and Samuel Zyman (“Restless”). 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 gave solo recitals in Philadelphia, Montréal and China, performed in collaborations with the Jasper and New Orford String Quartets, and appeared as a guest artist for the New York Philharmonic Symposium on Stravinsky with conductor Valery Gergiev.
“ZHENNI LI FOUND THE QUIRKY HARMONIC SENSIBILITY AND STRANGE BEAUTY OF SCHUMANN WITH NATURAL EASE, WITH ESPECIALLY INCISIVE DRAWING OUT OF INNER VOICES." —BROAD STREET REVIEW
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.
"A PIANIST OF FORMIDABLE MEANS, SHE IS AN UNCOMMONLY IMAGINATIVE AND CREATIVE MUSICIAN."
Ms. Li attended The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein in 2012. After obtaining her Artist Diploma studying with Peter Frankl at Yale School of Music, she completed her doctorate studies at McGill School of Music under Dr. Stéphane Lemelin. She has served as Piano Faculty/Chamber music coach for McGill School of Music for undergraduate students and the HeifetzPEG Institute in Virginia and is also the co-founder and Artistic Director for "Fishin' in C Chamber Music Series", a diverse concert series in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, and “The Last Soirée”, a multi-genre performing arts series which launched in New York in Spring 2018.
Zhenni Li is a Steinway Artist.