Pianist and Eastman School of Music student Jiale Li will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. on March 17 through the Eastman Presents in New York series sponsored by the George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation.
Li’s upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall features Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 109, “Hammerklavier” and Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28 in a program that represents musical maximalist and minimalism in the 19th century.
As the recipient of Eastman’s Lowry Award, Li will perform in memory of former Dean Douglas Lowry. Lowry became the sixth head of Eastman in 2007, and was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger dean in 2011. A composer, conductor and academic leader, he resigned in 2013 for health reasons and died the same year. He previously served as dean at University of Cincinnati — College Conservatory of Music and as associate dean of Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
The award bearing his name is presented each academic year to a graduate student majoring in piano, voice or string instrument to recognize outstanding levels of performance and creativity and provide them the opportunity to present a recital in a New York City concert hall.
The 2018 Eastman Piano Competition, part of the International Piano Festival held April 20-26, will take place at 2 p.m. on April 21. The Douglas Lowry Award will crown a new winner, who will also earn a Carnegie Hall debut next season.
Li was born in Huludao, Liaoning Province, in the People’s Republic of China. He started his piano studies at a young age in his hometown, and in 2004 was admitted to the Middle School of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2007, Li placed first on the entrance examination at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and studied there for three years as a high school student.
During his studies in Beijing, Li won prizes in many piano competitions, such as first prize at the “Conservatory Cup” Piano Competition, first prize and the best performance of Schubert’s works at the Yamaha Award Competition and third place at the fifth International Competition of Young Pianists, “A Step Towards Mastery,” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2010, Li was admitted to five music conservatories in the U.S., and entered the Juilliard School to study with Seymour Lipkin. Li participated in several summer courses during his undergraduate years, such as the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Los Angeles Music Festival and ANME Asian New Music Festival. In fall 2015, Li entered University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music to pursue a Master of Music degree. In the same year, Li won the first prize in the Eastman Concerto Competition, and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major with the Eastman Philharmonia. As a winner of the Lowry Award auditions at Eastman, Li is representing Eastman’s pianists with the Carnegie Hall recital.
Li currently pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman as a student of Nelita True.
Tickets for Eastman Presents Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall are $30 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City. Call (212) 247-7800 or visit carnegiehall.org for information.
Tickets for the final round of the Eastman Piano Competition, naming the 2018 Douglas Lowry Award winner, will be held at 2 p.m. on April 21 in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. The competition is free and open to the public.