The UGA Performing Arts Center will present a recital by award-winning teenage pianist George Li at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Ramsey Concert Hall in Athens.
A rising star in the classical music world, Li will perform a program that features works by Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven, including Beethoven’s popular "Moonlight Sonata."
The 17-year-old musician has already won major international prizes and performed with symphony orchestras around the world. In a recent concert review, the Boston Musical Intelligencer said of him, “Stories of youthful virtuosity abound, but discovering a teenager with not only the ‘chops’ but a soul and mind to match can be all too rare. This amazing ‘youngster’ left no doubt that he is one of the greatest talents of his generation.”
Li won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Gilmore Young Artist Award. He appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra following his win in the first Cooper Competition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has also performed with orchestras including the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and I Solisti di Perugia in Italy.
In 2011, he was invited to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama and the first lady in an event honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Li gave his first public performance at age 10 in Boston’s Steinway Hall. At age 6, he won First Prize in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Competition. He attends the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts and studies piano at the New England Conservatory.
Li’s Athens recital will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Tickets are $27 and are free for UGA students with valid UGA ID card. They can be purchased online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
The Performing Arts Center also will present a Young People’s Concert for eighth- and ninth-graders on at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 in Ramsey Concert Hall. Admission is free. Reservations can be made by calling 706-542-2290.