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About

—  About  —

Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world.  Hailed as “a magnetic pianist--with fire and poetry“ by music critic David Dubal 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 “Melancholie” on the Steinway & Sons label featuring works by Schumann, Lourié and Bartók.  Other upcoming projects include a concerto appearance with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and recitals at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, McGill University in Montreal and the University of Washington as well as the preparation of the complete preludes for solo piano of Claude Debussy.  Her recent engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.3 with McGill Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Alexis Hauser and with the NYCA Symphony Orchestra under Eduard Zilberkrant, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony with Maestro Jason Weinberger, as well as solo recitals in Philadelphia, Montreal, and collaborations with the Jasper and New Orford String Quartets and other artists.

 

                           "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 through numerous sources including WQXR in New York, Canada National CBC Radio, Norwegian National Radio: NPK P2/NPK Klassisk, Texas Public Radio, WFMT Public Radio in Chicago, Iowa Public Radio and WWFM The Classical Network.  She has also appeared as a guest artist for the New York Philharmonic Symposium on Stravinsky with conductor Valery Gergiev. 

 

"A PIANIST OF FORMIDABLE MEANS, SHE IS AN UNCOMMONLY IMAGINATIVE AND CREATIVE MUSICIAN."   
 

A deeply devoted chamber musician, Ms. Li has collaborated with ensembles such as the Jasper, New Orford, and Hugo Wolf String Quartets and has been featured in numerous concert series and venues including Bennet Gordon Concert Hall at Ravinia, Brandywine Museum in Philadelphia, Chateau de Fountainebleau in France, Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square, Sprague Hall at Yale University, Salle Redpath and Pollack Hall in Montreal, 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, Fontainebleau Festival, Kneisel Hall and Juilliard ChamberFest.  She has worked with many renowned artists including Leon Fleisher, Miriam Fried,  Richard Goode, Zhou Guangren, Jerome Lowenthal, and Garrick Ohlssohn, as well as her father, from whom she cultivated strong roots in Chinese traditional music.

Photo credit: Brent Calis

Photo credit: Brent Calis

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 is now completing her doctorate studies at McGill School of Music under Dr. Stéphane Lemelin.  She currently is on Piano Faculty/Chamber music coach for McGill School of Music for undergraduate students and is also the co-founder and Artistic Director for “Zhenni’s Schubertiade”, a multi-genre performing arts series which will launch in New York this spring.