You may remember wunderkind George Li from when he appeared in the Vancouver Recital Society’s Next Generation Series in 2011—the same year the then 10th-grader performed for President Barack Obama at the White House. Now, at 22, the powerful pianist has only gotten better, scoring everything from a silver medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition to the 2017 Arthur Waser Prize. You’ll get a chance to catch up with this talent, praised as much for his technical skills as his expressive abilities, when he comes back to the VRS, showcasing a piano lover’s feast of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, and, of course, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Opening it all? A Joseph Haydn sonata; Grammophone called Li’s performance of it on his recent Live at the Marinsky album “dextrous, bubbling, life-affirming”.
George Li is at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday (October 22).
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