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Monday, September 25, 2017

George Li plays Sergei Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky & Frédéric Chopin – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, First stage

The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held more than 50 years ago, is not only a valuable asset of Russian musical culture but is also one of the major events in the international music community. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held once every four years.

The first, 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 violin makers which was held before the main competition.

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St Petersburg from June 15 to July 3, 2015, and was dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer.

In the competition participated more than 600 artists from 45 countries.

On the jury for piano was the distinguished pianists Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Michel Béroff, Peter Donohoe, Sergei Dorensky, Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Feltsman, Klaus Hellwig, and the founder and director of the Verbier International Festival and Academy, Martin Engström.

Ο 15ος Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος ήταν αφιερωμένος στην 175η επέτειο από τη γέννηση του μεγάλου Ρώσου συνθέτη, πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Μόσχα και στην Αγία Πετρούπολη από τις 15 Ιουνίου έως τις 3 Ιουλίου 2015.

Στο πλαίσιο του δεύτερου γύρου – στο πρώτο από τα δύο στάδια – του διαγωνισμού στην κατηγορία του πιάνου, ο κινεζικής καταγωγής Αμερικανός πιανίστας George Li (γενν. 1995), ο οποίος μοιράστηκε τη δεύτερη θέση με τον Ρώσο Lukas Geniušas, ερμήνευσε τις Παραλλαγές σ' ένα θέμα του Κορέλι, έργο 42, του Σεργκέι Ραχμάνινοφ, την Ουγγρική Ραψωδία αρ. 2 σε Ντο δίεση ελάσσονα, S.244/2, του Φραντς Λιστ, το Πέμπτο (Méditation) από τα 18 Κομμάτια, έργο 72, και το Πρώτο (Valse de salon) από τα Έξι Κομμάτια, έργο 51, του Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι, και τις Παραλλαγές στο "Là ci darem la mano" από την όπερα του Μότσαρτ «Ντον Τζοβάννι», σε Σι ύφεση μείζονα, έργο 2, του Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν.

Το ρεσιτάλ έλαβε χώρα στη Μεγάλη Αίθουσα του Ωδείου της Μόσχας, την 21η Ιουνίου 2015.

Ο Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος πραγματοποιείται κάθε τέσσερα χρόνια, είναι ίσως ο σημαντικότερος διαγωνισμός στο χώρο της κλασικής μουσικής. Ο διαγωνισμός διοργανώθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1958, περιλαμβάνοντας μόνο δύο κατηγορίες: του βιολιού και του πιάνου. Το 1962, στη δεύτερη διοργάνωση, προστέθηκε η κατηγορία του βιολοντσέλου, ενώ στην τρίτη διοργάνωση του διαγωνισμού, το 1966, προστέθηκε ακόμη η κατηγορία της φωνής.

Στον 15ο Διαγωνισμό, το 2015, συμμετείχαν περισσότεροι από εξακόσιοι καλλιτέχνες από 45 χώρες, οι οποίοι διαγωνίστηκαν και στις τέσσερεις κατηγορίες: πιάνο, βιολί, βιολοντσέλο και φωνή.

Την κριτική επιτροπή για την κατηγορία του πιάνου αποτελούσαν οι διακεκριμένοι πιανίστες Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Michel Béroff, Peter Donohoe, Sergei Dorensky, Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Feltsman, Klaus Hellwig, καθώς επίσης και ο Martin Engström, ιδρυτής και διευθυντής του Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ και της Ακαδημίας του Βερμπιέρ.

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XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, First stage

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42 (1931) [00:00]*

i. Theme. Andante
ii. Variation 1. Poco piu mosso
iii. Variation 2. L'istesso tempo
iv. Variation 3. Tempo di Minuetto
v. Variation 4. Andante
vi. Variation 5. Allegro (ma non tanto)
vii. Variation 6. L'istesso tempo
viii. Variation 7. Vivace
ix. Variation 8. Adagio misterioso
x. Variation 9. Un poco piu mosso
xi. Variation 10. Allegro scherzando
xii. Variation 11. Allegro vivace
xiii. Variation 12. L'istesso tempo
xiv. Variation 13. Agitato
xv. Intermezzo
xvi. Variation 14. Andante (come prima)
xvii. Variation 15. L'istesso tempo
xviii. Variation 16. Allegro vivace
xix. Variation 17. Meno mosso
xx. Variation 18. Allegro con brio
xxi. Variation 19. Piu mosso. Agitato
xxii.Variation 20. Piu mosso
xxiii. Coda. Andante

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

♪ Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor, S.244/2, 
cadenza by Sergei Rachmaninov (1847) [18:33]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

♪ 18 Pieces, Op.72 No.5 Méditation (Andante mosso) (1892-1893) [29:50]

♪ Six Pieces, Op.51, No1. Valse de salon (Allegro) (1882)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

♪ Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, in B flat major, Op.2 (1827) [40:33]

i. Introduction. Largo – Poco piu mosso
ii. Thema. Allegretto
iii. Variation 1. Brillante
iv. Variation 2. Veloce, ma accuratamente
v. Variation 3. Sempre sostenuto
vi. Variation 4. Con bravura
vii. Variation 5. Adagio and Alla Polacca

George Li, piano – Second Prize**

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, June 21, 2015

(HD 720p)

* Start time of each work
** Second place was shared by George Li and Lukas Geniušas

George Li was born on August 24, 1995, in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents from the People's Republic of China. He began piano lessons at the age of 4 with Dorothy Shi, and later studied with Yin Chengzong, before transferring to his current teachers, Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman.

Praised by the Washington Post for combining "staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression", pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck, a tour of Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra and Giandrea Noseda, St Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, Philharmonia Orchestra with Long Yu, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mälmo Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxemburg Philharmonie, New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival and in various places throughout Russia.

Recital highlights include Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich's Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo's Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Ravinia Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Montreaux Festival.

An active chamber musician, George has performed chamber music with James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez and Daniel Lozakovich.

George is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut album releasing in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.

George Li gave his first public performance at Boston's Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among George's many prizes, he was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award. George is currently in the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun.

Source: georgelipianist.com

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See also

George Li – All the posts

The winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015

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