Artist Bio

Zhenni Li, piano

Hailed for her “...big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and her “sensitivity, finesse of touch, and musical intelligence” by the Concours Clara Haskil, pianist Zhenni Li has garnered worldwide recognition with top prizes at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, Astral Artists’ 2016 National Auditions, and the Grieg International, Concours Musical de France, International Russian, Midwest International, Kosciuszko Chopin, and the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competitions. Recent appearances include performances of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4 with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner, Beethoven’s Concerto no. 2 and Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra under Alexis Hauser, and Beethoven’s Concerto no. 5 with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony under Jason Weinberger. Her upcoming engagements include recitals in Montreal, debut recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie, an appearance on Astral Artists’ Center City Concert Series in Philadelphia, and her CD recording debut on the Steinway & Sons label. Li attended the Juilliard School, where she earned her bachelor and master of music degrees on a full scholarship studying under Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein. After obtaining her Artist Diploma with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, she is now completing her doctoral studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under the tutelage of Dr. Stéphane Lemelin.