Bing Bing Li
Visiting Professor in Piano
‘Vigour and authority; a torrent of inventiveness’ – The Times and Sunday Times
‘Admirable and Superb’ – Musical Opinion
One of a select group of outstanding Chinese pianists, Bing Bing Li was identified, through competition, as a ‘Star of the Future’ at the age of 8. Her inherent musical sense and dazzling technique gave her early opportunities to perform on many concert platforms in China, such as the Beijing Concert Hall, and the ZhongShan Music Hall. At the age of 10, Bing Bing recorded her first CD and DVD on Bach, produced by China Universal in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music.
Bing Bing has achieved a distinguished performing career since moving to study in the UK. Her musical integrity and her compelling artistry have been praised both by critics and some of the most respected artists of today. Her success has taken her to perform in leading concert venues notably the Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. Martin-in-the-fields. She has been invited to perform in Europe and North America and has performed in several prestigious International Music Festivals including the Southbank Messiaen Festival, Santander International Music Festival, the Leeds International Concert Series, and the Yale/Norfolk International chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician she has worked with many distinguished performers including workshops in ECMA academy with Hatto Beyerle, and concerts at the London Paganini Festival, Schumann Festival and Schubert Festival.
She was the only pianist to have received a full scholarship on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated top Distinction and received a Dip RAM for best performances. She received many noted awards including the Royal Academy of Music Discretionary Awards (six times), the Royal Academy of Music Pianoforte Prizes, the Elsa & Leonard Cross Award for Piano, the Leverhulme Award, the Kenneth Brindle Award, the Miriam Duncan Prize, the Liversedge Award; the Hilda Day Award, the George Award, MBF award, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Award, the Hattori Award, the Krein Scholarship and the Solti Award. Recently, she has been awarded Walter MacFarran Prize and Lloyd Hartley Prize for best Postgraduate Recitals.
AS a teacher, she has been teaching at Chetham’s International Summer Piano School and Birmingham International Youth Piano Summer Course and Competition, and Royal Conservatory of Scotland Music International Summer Piano Course. She has been giving regular masterclasses in several conservatories in China as well as on audition and competition jury.
She recorded world premiere Walter Niemann’s sonatas on Naxos Grand label, which has been broadcasted internationally. Critics demand future CDs. ‘The young Chinese pianist…has us in her debt for introducing us to Niemann’s two piano sonatas.’ American Record Guide ‘Li’s stunning technique and subtle musicality serve the pieces splendidly. I eagerly await the next volume.’ Fanfare ‘Tremendous confidence and authority throughout the recording, her technique is more than equal to Niemann’s hefty demands, and she plays with emotional maturity and interpretive freedom’ (Fanfare (magazine) ‘Niemann considered himself to be a representative of a kind of Nordic romantic style, oriented on Grieg and Sibelius, which he saw as an antidote to the music of Richard Strauss and Arnold Schönberg. But is it worth to be dug out? Yes it is! … Bing Bing Li shows all the qualities and leaves us curious for more. After all, Niemann has composed some 150 piano works.’ Piano News