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Chinese-Canadian Pianist Ang Li.
Chinese-Canadian Pianist Ang Li.

Ang Li Performs at Carnegie Hall

By Sean Mitton, Canadian Expat Network
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New Yorkers are in for a treat on Dec 18th. They will have an opportunity to hear Award-winning, Chinese-Canadian pianist, Ang Li who will make her Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall. Li was ranked among the top 30 pianists in the world by The 2009 Cliburn Competition and has appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ruïnekerk of Bergen in the Netherlands and National Center for the Performing Arts in China, among others.

Hailed as "a potential figure of huge significance on the international concert stage" by the Star-Telegram and "a revelation" by La Press Montréal, Ang Li made her first public appearance at Beijing Concert Hall at age six. At age thirteen, she made her orchestral debut with The Little Orchestra Society of New York at Avery.

Li comments that she began playing piano at age 2. "My parents had a small piano and I picked up music by ear. By age 4, I had a teacher and was reading music before playing in my first venue in Beijing at age 6." She immigrated to Canada when she was 12, living in Montreal.

Today, Li lives in Maryland and will perform in 60-70 concerts over the next year.

Her program at Carnegie Hall is entitled "Years of Pilgrimage." The concert celebrates the 200th birthday year of Liszt the composer. She will offer a selection of his works, including several transcriptions, as well as his later compositions. Ms. Li's program also includes two premieres by fellow Canadians: the world premiere of Jared Miller's Souvenirs d'Europe, commissioned by Ms. Li for this performance and inspired by Liszt's Années de pèlerinage; and the US premiere of Jérôme Blais' Es ist genug! (2007).

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