YUNDI was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the 14th Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner. In recognition of his contribution to Polish culture, the Government of Poland presented a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture ‘Gloria Artis’ to YUNDI in 2010. He maintains a strong connection with Poland and will sit on the jury of the 17th Chopin Competition in 2015.
On his regular recital tours, YUNDI performs at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall (London), Philharmonie Berlin, Alte Opera Frankfurt, Herkulessaal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Salle Pleyel, Moscow International House of Music, Mariinsky Concert Hall, National Centre for Performing Arts (Beijing), Seoul Arts Centre and Suntory Hall. He has also collaborated with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philharmonia Orchestra and Andrew Davis, Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, and the Israel Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.
In the 2013/14 season, he embarked on a 35-city recital tour of China, bringing classical music to provincial capitals as well as second- and third-tier cities. In Autumn 2012, he was appointed Associate Dean and Professor of the Piano Faculty at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the youngest member of the faculty to achieve the status.
In 2007, YUNDI became the first Chinese pianist to record live with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa. This Deutsche Grammophon disc met with rave reviews and was named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone magazine. YUNDI’s most recent CD on Deutsche Grammophon features the complete Chopin preludes.
For more information please visit YUNDI website.
Photograph made by Chen Man / Mercury Classics.