B i o g r a p h y
Gen Li, British-Chinese concert pianist, visiting professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, jury member of numerous International Piano Competitions under Alink-Argerich Foundation, Artistic Director of London Young Musicians Award, St Petersburg International Piano Competition, Xiangyang Beethoven International Piano Competition, visiting Scholar at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, visiting artist and concerto competition adjudicator of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, founder of the TrueArt TV.
During his studying period, Gen won the First Prize at both Birmingham International Piano Competition and the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. He performed at many of the world's finest venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Purcell Room in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Grand Hall of Casa da Música in Portugal, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, receiving high praise from both public and critics alike. BBC radio 3 presenter Sean Rafferty described him 'the pianist with golden fingers', after listening. As the third prize winner at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition In 2018, he performed piano concerto with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,conducted by Jac van Steen.
He now regularly serves as a Jury member of many international piano competitions, such as Windsor International Piano Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in South Africa, St.Petersburg International Piano Competition in Russia, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Xiangyang, China, Neapolitan Masters International Piano Competition in Italy.
He has been invited as a visiting artist to give masterclasses and concerts at the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, Wuhan Conservatory of Music etc. He recorded piano concertos with Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, Roma State Symphony Orchestra, London Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Barnet Symphony Orchestra, Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra etc. His other competition top-three prizes include Roma International Piano Competition, Malta International Piano Competition, Piano FVG Competition in Sacile, Eastbourne Soloists' Competition, Santa Cecilia Piano Competition in Porto.
Born in China, Gen spent his early years pretty much in the practice room. He came to UK at the age of 15 for his career and finished his studies at Purcell School of Music, Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance. His teachers include Deniz Gelenbe, Ian Jones, Nigel Clayton and Dmitri Alexeev.
Gen always gratefully acknowledges his generous sponsors and supports Fairlight Art Trust, S. W. Mitchell Capital, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, KNS Classical Recording, Joseph Clover Award, Nina Polani Award, Delina musician Award, Alfred Kitchin Award, and NOSWAD Charity Award.