Li Yundi leaves the Chopin at home for holiday concert in celebration of the 'motherland'
By: Vivian Chen - As Seen on South China Morning Post NEWS
Li Yundi's latest date in the city was undoubtedly one of the holiday season's most popular concerts.
An audience of more than 3,000 attended the Chongqing -born pianist's performance on Thursday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, among them Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun.
EMI Classics recently released Li's new album, Red Piano, which features some of the best-known Chinese concertos, including the Yellow River Piano Concerto and My Motherland.
Although the wunderkind performed the patriotic pieces on a Steinway instrument and not a red piano, the programme emphasised Chinese music rather than his signature Chopin repertoire.
"I've always hoped I could promote Chinese culture with the piano, especially the ethnic music," said Li, who became the youngest pianist to win the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in 2000 when he was just 18.
Child singer Yang Peiyi, who recorded Ode to the Motherland for another girl to lip-synch at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, appeared as special guest at the two-hour concert.
It doesn't get much redder than that.