13-Year-Old, George Li, Performs with Spartanburg Philharmonic
January 17, 2009

December 2, 2008

Contact: Teri Block

13-Year-Old, George Li, Performs with Spartanburg Philharmonic

Spartanburg, SC Ė Joining the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, January 17, 2009 is 13-year-old piano virtuoso, George Li, an already quite astonishingly celebrated young artist who won the World Piano Competition at age 9, followed by his debut with the Xiamin Philharmonic of China, and a performance at Carnegie Hall. Li will perform Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Other works in this program include Beethovenís Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 in A Major. If youíre wondering what concert to bring your children to, this is it!

Having performed publicly since he was nine years old, Li is gaining attention as a significant recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. Li has appeared at the opening ceremony of Bostonís new Institute of Contemporary Art, at the inauguration of President Tony Woodcock at New England Conservatory, and at Bostonís Steinway Hall. He also played at New Yorkís Carnegie Hall in the new TV series produced by the popular NPR radio show, From the Top. In addition, he has been featured on WBZ-TVís Liz Walker Show and ABCís Martha Stewart Show. His performance of a Moszkowski etude on the Martha Stewart Show can be seen on YouTube. To watch George on From the Top at Carnegie Hall, visit pbs.org.

George Li began studying piano at four with Dorothy Shi for seven years. Li also studied with Mr. Chengzong Yin for three years. Currently, he studies piano from Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, where he pursues music studies, taking classes such as chamber music, composition, music theory and piano seminar. Li lives with his family in Lexington Massachusetts where he attends Jonas Clarke Middle School. Li is an active fan of the Boston Red Sox.

SPO concert tickets are available for purchase now by calling the Twichell Auditorium Box Office at (864) 596-9725. Tickets prices range from $15 - $35.

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