YUNDI is one of China’s best pianists. His unique musicianship and noble temperament have earned him a special place on the international stage. A highly poetic pianist, YUNDI’s playing is faithful, natural and unmannered.
In October 2000, 18-year-old YUNDI was the only pianist chosen by China’s State Ministry of Culture to participate in the 14th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. YUNDI dazzled the jury and the audience with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, winning the First Prize - the first time it was awarded in 15 years. YUNDI also became the youngest winner of the Competition in its 70-year history, and also the first Chinese winner.
YUNDI is the first Chinese pianist to be featured in a cover story in the Wall Street Journal and Japanese Time magazine, to have had a model made in his image by Madame Tussauds, to have made a recording with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa.
In 2001, YUNDI signed with Deutsche Grammophon, the first Chinese pianist to record for the company. In December that year, his debut album “YUNDI: Chopin Recital” broke the record for classical sales, and was awarded the IFPI Hong Kong Top Music Sales Award. The Washington Post commented: “He gave the audience the real and robust Chopin, eloquent and powerful, natural and frank, sharp and contrasted.”
For the past 10 years, YUNDI has been invited to play all over the world, and has toured more than 20 countries and more than 200 cities in Europe, America and Asia. He has worked with many orchestras and conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Riccardo Chailly, and Yuri Temirkanov.