Internationally acclaimed pianist YUNDI was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the prestigious competition. Since then, he has been regarded as a leading exponent of Chopin’s music. In recognition of his contribution to Polish culture, the Government of Poland presented a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture ‘Gloria Artis’ to YUNDI in 2010.
On his regular recital tours, YUNDI has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Festival Hall (London), Musikverein Vienna, Alte Oper Frankfurt, amongst many others and has collaborated with prestigious orchestras and conductors including the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to name a few.
In addition to his activities on the concert platform, YUNDI is passionate about humanitarian work, which includes acting as an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China and for his hometown of Chongqing. Equally committed to promoting classical music in an educational context, YUNDI is one of the pioneers of music education in China where his success story has played a crucial role in millions of children learning the piano. He has also given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, University of Cambridge and Qinghua University in Beijing.
YUNDI first signed to Deutsche Grammophon in 2002, releasing six internationally acclaimed recordings on the label until 2008. In 2007, he became the first Chinese pianist to record live alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa with their interpretations of piano concertos by Ravel and Prokofiev – a disc met with rave reviews and named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone magazine.
In March 2014, Yundi released his thirteenth album, Emperor / Fantasy on Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon. The album features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor Concerto”, with longtime friend and colleague of Yundi, conductor Daniel Harding and the Berlin Philharmonic. It also includes a performance of the major solo work, Schumann’s Fantasie in C. The album was timed with an extensive European tour spanning 21 cities from February to April 2014.
To mark the release of Emperor / Fantasy and to celebrate the triumph of his European tour, Yundi held a hugely successful CD signing session and free performance at London’s Harvey Nichols on 30th April 2014.
YUNDI began piano studies at age seven. He subsequently trained at the Shenzhen Arts School and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.