12 March. The winner of the Chopin Prize 2000 debuts in Rome.
This is the first time that pianist Yundo Li performs in Rome, even though he won the coveted Chopin prize 16 years ago. He plays two Chopin nocturnes, two Beethoven sonatas, and Schumann's Fantasie in C major (dedicated to Liszt) and loved by all great pianists. He has also included some traditional Chinese works in the programme. Yundi Li is an exact contemporary of fellow countryman Lang Lang (both were born in 1982) but there is little love lost between the two. Li shines at solo performances but came apart badly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Seoul last autumn. Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, www.concertiiuc.it.