Winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions and the inaugural Antonio Mormone International Prize in Italy, twenty-four-year-old Chinese pianist Ying Li comes from Yantai, China. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival solo and concerto competitions, International Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists, and was a finalist at Concours Musical International De Montreal.
Ying has performed with many orchestras including L’Accademia Orchestra del La Scala, in Milan, The Philadelphia Orchestra with Lina Gonzalez-Granados, New Jersey Symphony with Xian Zhang and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Ying has appeared at prestigious festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy, Ravinia’s Steans Institute in Chicago, La Jolla Music Society, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Highlights of her 21-22 season includes a Mozart Concerto tour in Germany with NWD-Philharmoniker and conductor Jonathon Heyward, recital at Sala Verdi of Milan, and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series Appearance. Ying was also featured on WQXR’s “Eine-kleine Birthday-musik,” a free, all-Mozart livestreamed concert from The Greene Space in New York City, to celebrate Mozart’s 266th birthday.
Ying moved to Philadelphia at age fourteen, to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with Jonathan Biss and Seymour Lipkin. After receiving the Bachelor of Music degree at Curtis Institute in 2019, she received her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York with Robert McDonald in 2021.
At the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, Ying was also awarded the The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize and the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize.
Designing the COT
The COT engages a local, young graphic designer every year to design the orchestra's new concert season. Given little to no prompts other than program titles and musical descriptions, these designers put their own creative twist on how to visualize music and the COT.