Harvard/NEC Program Participant Triumphs and Wins Second Place
July 1, 2015 - Boston, MA - The International Tchaikovsky Competition jury announced today that pianist George Li has placed second at this year's competition. One
of the most highly revered music contests in the international
community and a landmark symbol of national culture in Russia, it is
held every four years in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The event
competition began in 1958. It is currently celebrating its 15th occurrence and also the 175th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's birth. Li tied with Geniusas Lucas, both will take home silver medals.
Only 20 years old, Li is considered one of the world's most
talented and creative young pianists. He has been winning piano
competitions since the age of six. Li is an alumnus of NEC's
Preparatory School program. Li's Prep years include performances on
"From the Top" (at age 10 in 2006) and at outgoing NEC President Tony
Woodcock's Installation Ceremony (at age 11 in 2007). Also during his
time in the Prep program, he toured with NEC's Youth Philharmonic
Orchestra as soloist in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto in Vienna,
Prague, and other European locations. Li's Carnegie Hall debut was at the age of 11. At the age of 15, he performed in
the White House Rose Garden at a State dinner for President Obama,
First Lady Michelle Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her
Now a participant in the Harvard and NEC dual degree program, Li's astonishing
technique, distinctive tonal quality, and exceptional musicality have
earned him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience
response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral collaborations, and
chamber music performances. Li's current NEC piano professors are
Russell Sherman and Ms. Wha Kyung Byun.
New England Conservatory's Interim President, Tom Novak expressed how he felt about Li's career and recent silver medal win.
"In my 13 years here at NEC, I have enjoyed watching George's growth -
beginning with his work as a student here in our Preparatory School,"
said Novak. "Now as a dual degree Harvard/NEC student, he represents the
kind of student we're delighted to claim as ours. I'm enormously
proud!" he said.
More Information About George Li
addition to winning the Grand Prix Animato Piano Competition (with the
Schumann Prize, the Brahms Prize and the Audience Prize) in December
2014, George won third prize in the 2015 US Chopin Competition, and
second prize in the 2014 Vendome Prize. In 2012, George received the
prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award, becoming its youngest
his exceptional musical gifts being recognized by Alfred Brendel,
Dimitri Bashkirov, and Menahem Pressler, George was the winner of the
Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the 2012 Verbier Academy. In 2010,
George won first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists
International audition and since that time has been under management of
the YCA. In 2010 he also won first prize at the Inaugural Cooper
International Piano Competition. In 2008 George won second prize at the
Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist Competition.
has frequently appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras,
including the Cleveland Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony
Orchestra of Venezuela, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Albany Symphony
Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra,
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Nordic
Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), the Norrkoping Orchestra (Sweden), Princeton
Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony
Orchestra, Orchestra "I Solisti di Perugia"(Italy), Southern Arizona
Symphony Orchestra, Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic
Youth Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony
Orchestra, The Orchestra at Temple Square, the Longwood Symphony
Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony
Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra (Canada), and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
active recitalist and orchestral soloist, George has performed in
venues throughout the world, including Jordan Hall (Boston), the
Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Musikverein (Vienna), Rudolfinum's Dvorak
Hall (Czech Republic), Severance Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall,
Mechanics Hall, The Tabernacle, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center,
Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
About The International Tchaikovsky Competition
First held more than 50 years ago, the International Tchaikovsky Competition happens once every four years.
The first competition in 1958 included two disciplines - piano and
violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category
was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third
competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the
IX International Tchaikovsky Competition - a contest for violinmakers,
which was held before the main competition.
Tchaikovsky Competitions have spawned such renowned musicians
as pianists Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Grigory
Sokolov; violinists Viktor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Victoria Mullova;
cellists David Geringas, Nathaniel Rosen, Antonio Meneses and singers
Evgeny Nesterenko, Elena Obraztsova and Deborah Voigt.
World-renowned pianist and NEC piano department chair, Bruce Brubaker shed some light on Li's playing and his award.
thrilled with George Li's performances in Moscow! (I heard most of it
online)," said Brubaker. "He's playing in a way that's bold, and
poetic, and emotionally compelling. Bravo George!" He said.
About the Harvard/NEC Dual Degree Program:
Harvard/NEC program is a joint five-year program leading to a Bachelor
of Arts (AB) at Harvard College and a Master of Music (MM) at New
school grants admission independently, requiring separate applications.
Eligible high school students apply to both Harvard and New England
Conservatory following the institutions' normal undergraduate
application process. In addition, Harvard undergraduates apply to the
program during the freshman year at Harvard.
Admission to the program is very competitive. Applicants must demonstrate the highest level of performance ability. Normally, there are 5-6 students admitted each year.
live audition during the regular audition period (February/March) is
required for all performance applicants to the joint program.
About NEC's Preparatory School Piano Program
Prep is a community K-12 music school conveniently located in one of
our nation's top conservatories. NEC Prep includes students of all
levels, ranging from beginner to the extremely advanced. NEC's
faculty provides the program with depth and world-class expertise. The
private piano lesson program includes the opportunity to participate in
workshops, recitals, evaluations, and an annual concerto competition.
These offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback
from a variety of teachers.
lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students. Prospective
piano students first set up an audition or placement interview with Marilyn
Roth, NEC's Piano Department Chair, who advises each student personally
regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study.
About New England Conservatory (NEC)
cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England
Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music
schools. Founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee, an American music educator,
choral conductor and organist; NEC is the oldest independent school of
music in the United States. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, on the
Avenue of the Arts in the Fenway Cultural District, NEC offers rigorous
education in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate,
graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world. Highly
regarded for its innovative practices, NEC's out-of-the-box curriculum
yields an expansive range of styles and traditions. NEC's faculty of 225
boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Alumni go
on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording
studios, and arts management positions worldwide.
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