Episode 2

Yundi Li

Brief Bio:

Li Yundi is a Chinese classical pianist. He is also popularly known as Yundi and formerly Yundi Li. Born in Chongqing, Li is most well known for being the youngest pianist to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 2000, at the age of 18. He currently resides in Hong Kong.

His father and mother both worked for a Steel and Iron Company.  Although coming from a family of non-musicians, Li took to music early. When he was three years old, his parents bought him an accordion after he was so entranced by an accordion player in a shopping mall that he refused to leave. He mastered the instrument by the age of four, studying with Tan Jianmin, a music professor in China. Only one year later, he won the top prize at the Chongqing Children’s Accordion Competition. Li began studying piano at the age of seven. Two years later, his teacher introduced him to one of China’s most renowned piano teachers, with whom he would study for nine years. Li’s ambition was to become a professional pianist. In 1994, he entered the Shenzhen Arts School, Shenzhen, China. He later studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Hanover, Germany.

Piece: Chopin Nocturne Op 48, No 1

Leonard Bernstein

Brief Bio:

Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” He is quite possibly the conductor whose name is best known to the public in general, especially the American public.

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, as well as CandideWonderful TownOn the Town and his own Mass.

Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. In addition, he was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard.

As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and commercial success of West Side Story.

Piece: Rhapsody in Blue

Jarod Radnich

Brief Bio:

Jarrod Radnich, nationally noted composer and pianist of “Virtuosic Piano Solo Series” personally instructed Miss South Dakota, Anna Simpson, on one of his piano compositions. The composition, Pirates of the Caribbean, was then performed by Simpson at the Miss America Pageant. He did the training with a distance of thousands of miles between them! NBC’s nationally-broadcast Today Show recently covered this story (4/27/2012) and featured the PianoDisc piano player system and Zenph Sound Innovation’s Internet MIDI software used to link the pianos. For more information on Jarrod Radnich or sheet music of his many piano compositions go to jarrodradnich.com

Piece: Pirates of the Caribbean

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Check out Jarod teaching a lesson over the internet!

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