George Li, 10 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Young virtuoso plays Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt
Still only 20, piano prodigy George Li has sent shockwaves across musical circles in his native US and beyond with his remarkable keyboard talents and the blazing, powerhouse performances he has given since his early teens.
He began performing in public aged nine, gave his Carnegie Hall debut at 11, and won silver medal at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. Lauded for his intense poetic lyricism as well as for his staggering technical prowess, he has been described as playing with the depth of expression of a pianist at least twice his age.
Li makes his Festival debut with a sparkling virtuoso programme that begins with the classical astringency of Haydn’s B minor Sonata Hob. XVI:32 and the intense tragedy of Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ Sonata No 2. After the powerful pianistic work-out of Rachmaninv’s Corelli Variations, Li concludes with two Liszt masterpieces: the ravishing, nocturne-like Consolation No 3 and the rip-roaring energy of the well-loved Hungarian Rhapsody No 2.