July 5, 2011 2:37:16 am
During her first visit to the city,Chinese pianist Ang Li hopes to engage listeners to the music of Liszt,and slip in some sight-seeing
I started playing the piano when I was one year old, recalls Beijing-born pianist Ang Li. My parents had a small upright piano in their old apartment and I loved to play on it for fun. They decided to enroll me for formal lessons when I was four. Encouraged by her harpist mother and music-lover father,Li took to the stage at the age of five where she performed a piece by Clementi at the Beijing Concert Hall. Family support has proven to be the critical factor in her much-applauded musical journey so far.
After having earned a masters degree from the Julliard School,New York,Li has performed in many prestigious music festivals like the International Holland Music Sessions and The Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizons Fellowship recipient,in master classes led by Leon Fleisher,Richard Goode,John Perry,Claude Frank,Gary Graffman,Christopher Elton,Vladimir Feltsman,Karl-Heinz Kämmerling,Jon Kimura Parker and many more.
This will be her first visit to Pune,and she is curious as well as excited about the response her performance will garner. And her passion for exploring new places and their culture means that exploring India’s rich musical heritage is also on her agenda. I am looking forward to performing live in Pune and also doing some sightseeing,if time allows. It is fascinating to visit new places and meet different people. I loved the art museums in Italy and France and I am really excited about exploring India as much as I can.
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With Pop,Rock,RnB and Hip Hop dominating the international music industry,the stage for classical music seems limited. There should be more awareness and support for classical music. Some classical compositions are difficult to understand for the general listener,but they are very relaxing,even for first-time listeners, Li says.
Following performances in Winnipeg,Canada earlier this year and now,the Indian tour,Li’s year is packed with performances all across the globe. Later this summer,I will perform in four cities in mainland China and Scotland. I will be touring nine cities in Canada in October and make my Carnegie Weill Hall recital debut in NYC this December, says Li.
(Ang Li will perform on July 7 at Mazda Hall,Dastur Primary School,as a part of her ‘Mostly Liszt – The Years of Pilgramage Tour’)
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