Sept. 18, 2017
Saint Vincent College Concert Series opens its 46th season with pianist Zhenni Li who is hailed for her “sensitivity, finesse of touch and musical intelligence” (Concours Clara Haskil) and “big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
Li has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and China, in such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, the California Theater (San Jose), Switzerland’s Théâtre de Vevey and the National Concert Hall in Tianjin, China. She is a winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions.
Upcoming performances include debut recitals in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and for the Berlin Philharmonie. Ms. Li is currently preparing the complete piano works of Debussy, and soon releases her debut CD, for the Steinway and Sons label.
Recent engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the NYCA Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. She has also appeared as a guest artist for the New York Philharmonic Symposium, under Mo. Valery Gergiev. She has given solo recitals in Philadelphia and Montreal, and her performances have been broadcast internationally on New York’s WQXR, Canada National CBC Radio, Norwegian National Radio (NPK P2/NPK Klassiks), Texas Public Radio, Chicago’s WFMT Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Philadelphia’s WWFM The Classical Network, and China’s Hunan Daily.
The unanimous first prize winner of the Concours Musical de France, Li has also won top prizes in the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, Norway’s Grieg international Competition, the International Russian Piano Competition, Midwest International Piano Competition, the Kosciusko Chopin Piano Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Li has collaborated with ensembles such as the New Orford String Quartet and Quatuor Hugo Wolf, and has appeared at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, Fontainebleau Festival, Kneisel Hall, and Juilliard ChamberFest. She has worked with such renowned musicians as Leon Fleisher, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Zhou Guangren, Jerome Lowenthal, and Garrick Ohlssohn, as well as with her father, from whom she cultivated strong roots in traditional Chinese music.
Li holds both a bachelor and master’s degree from The Juilliard Music School, where she studied with Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein. She received an Artist Diploma under Peter Frankl from the Yale School of Music. She is currently completing doctoral studies at the McGill School of Music, under Dr. Stéphane Lemelin.
Zhenni Li appears courtesy of Astral Artists.
A free reception follows the concert.
Further information and reservations are available by contacting the Concert Series box office at 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Season tickets are available for $130 (seven premium seats), flex passes are $140 (seven admissions) and single tickets are $25. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert.
Photo: Zhenni Li
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