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Yundi: Bio

Yundi Li was born in Chongquing in central China. As with many musicians, his penchant for music became apparent in early childhood.  One day, when he was three years old, he was so fascinated by a man playing an accordion in a shopping mall that he refused to leave the mall.
 
At the age of four,  he started learning to play the accordion. When he was seven, he asked his parents to let him have piano lessons. At the age of twelve, Li gave the best performance in a fiercely competitive selection process and thus earned himself a place at the top music school in Sichuan province.
 
About a year later, when Li's teacher decided to take up a post at the School of Arts in Shenzhen, southern China, Li's family moved in order to allow the young prodigy to continue his studies in Shenzhen. The tuition at this school was expensive, and Li's mother had already given up her job in order to supervise the boy's education. However, Li had  won numerous scholarships and awards which enabled him to afford the fees.
 
At thirteen, Li won the Stravinsky Competition in the United States.  He went on to take First Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in the United States and Third Prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in the Netherlands, as well as being a major winner in the Second China International Piano Competition in Beijing.
 
At just eighteen, Yundi Li won the first prize at the Frederic Chopin Competition held in Warsaw in October 2000.
 
He has recently announced that he will never compete again. He is currently on the roster of  Deutsche Grammophon (DG). His first recording for DG was an all-Chopin recital album, released in early 2002. Meanwhile, he continues his musical studies in Germany.
1 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In C Major  
2 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In A Minor  
3 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In G Major  
4 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In E Minor  
5 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In D Major  
6 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In B Minor  
7 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In A Major  
8 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In F Sharp Minor  
9 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In E Major  
10 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In C Sharp Minor  
11 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In B Major  
12 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In G Sharp Minor  
13 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In F Sharp Major  
14 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In E Flat Minor  
15 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In D Flat Major ("Raindrop")  
16 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In B Flat Minor  
17 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In A Flat Major  
18 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In F Minor  
19 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In E Flat Major  
20 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In C Minor  
21 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In B Flat Major  
22 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In G Minor  
23 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In F Major  
24 Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - In D Minor  
25 Chopin: Prelude No.25 in C sharp minor, Op.45  
26 Chopin: Prelude No.26 in A flat, Op.posth.  
Chopin Preludes Op 28-16 Hades
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Fifteen years after his historic first prize at the Chopin Competition in 2000, YUNDI returns to the repertoire in which he first came to public and critical acclaim, and which has continued to inspire some of his most dazzling performances. For his latest album, his first Chopin studio recording since 2010, he records the complete Chopin Preludes (to be released September 25). The recording is the first element of Yundi's Chopin Project which continues with a recording of the two piano concertos next year, and involves substantial touring in Europe, the Far East and in China under the title The Legend of Chopin.

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