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An evening in with… Gen Li

This Friday evening, 12 June,  Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Gen Li will join us for a live performance of beautiful music, writes Chris Cormack.

The thirteenth in this series of short online concerts presented by Hastings International Piano is given by 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition finalist Gen Li.

Frédéric Chopin Preludes Nos.16, 15 and.17 Op.28, completed during Chopin’s stay with George Sand on Mallorca in the winter 1838/1839.
Johannes Brahms Three Intermezzi for piano Nos.1, 2, and 3 Op.117, part of a ‘late harvest’ of short piano pieces that Brahms composed in 1892–3 with Clara Schumann in mind.

Gen Li thrilled the audience at the final of the 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with his rendition of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3. He also gave a Winter Prizewinner’s Recital at Fairlight Hall in January 2019.

Gen Li has been described by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty as having “golden fingers”. He has appeared as a soloist at some of the world’s finest venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Fazioli Hall in Italy and Casa da Música Great Hall in Porto.

Gen Li

Having won many prizes for his virtuosity, he now serves as jury member at piano competitions including the Windsor International Piano Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in South Africa, St.Petersburg International Piano Competition in Russia, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Xiangyang, China,  and the Neapolitan Masters International Piano Competition in Italy.

Born in China, Gen spent his early years pretty much in the practice room. He came to UK at the age of 15 for his career and finished his studies at Purcell School of Music, Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance. His teachers include Deniz Gelenbe, Ian Jones, Nigel Clayton and Dmitri Alexeev.

In these times when the livelihood of our musicians is at risk,  this series supports the careers of HIPCC prizewinners and, of course, they receive a performance fee.

The concerts are free to view, but viewers are able to make a voluntary donation to Hastings International Piano Engagement Fund, or choose to join as a Friend.

Watch live here (the video will appear just before 8pm on Friday 12 June) or by visiting the Facebook page.

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Posted 17:41 Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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