Li Yundi (simplified Chinese: 李云迪; traditional Chinese: 李雲迪; pinyin: Lǐ Yúndí) (born October 7, 1982) 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 Beijing. Since 2014, he has introduced the great Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov's famous "Flight of the bumblebee"(in piano solo arrangement by Rachmaninoff) to mainland China as well as the rest of the world. He played it in the New Year's Concert in Beijing and the review described it as the worst performance of the year. The available audience video captured the disaster moment and immediately catched thousands of eyes all over the internet and many recordings of this piece made by his colleague flooded Weibo(i.e. Chinese facebook)which made "Flight of the Bumblebee" as the hottest topic at one time. Li has been known as an ambassador in promoting classical piano music, and he was "successfully" making Rimsky-Korsakov a well-known name to his young fans, after his Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven.
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