B i o g r a p h y
After winning the First Prize at the Birmingham International Piano Competition and being the grand final winner of the year 2015 of all the music colleges in London, British pianist Gen Li performs 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. After winning third Prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition In 2018, he performed piano concertos with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jac van Steen, in BBC Live Broadcast.
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. He has been invited as a visiting professor and 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 many 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 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 year pretty much in the practice room. The Purcell school of music offered him a full scholarship to study in UK, where his teachers include Deniz Gelenbe, Ian Jones, Nigel Clayton and Dmitri Alexeev. Gen also 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.