The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Keep your eye — and ears — on young American pianist and competition winner George Li

August 14, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

In case you haven’t heard, a recent and little known piano contest — the Thomas and Evon Cooper Competition) for young people at Oberlin College — was won by Lexington, Massachusetts pianist George Li (below).

Li is only 14. And from what I heard, of his playing of a solo Carl Czerny  work (not exercise) and a Chopin concerto, he has quite a future ahead of him.

Last Sunday, National Public Radio — now called simply NPR — had a great story about the competition and about Li that also included interviews with judges and other contestants.

The reporter was Noah Adams (below), a prize-winning veteran who wrote a book about his own experiences learning how to play the piano from scratch as an adult. (The book, still in print, is “Piano Lessons” and is a  fun read for adult piano students.)

Li’s victory and Adams’ reporting make for a good story that is entertaining and inspiring.

Here is link to the transcript:

And here is a link to the radio story you can stream so you can hear the gorgeous music:

I like such attention being paid to young people, especially when it doesn’t involve sports but art.

And a I think all media – new and old, print and broadcast — should do more reporting on young people and the arts.

What do you think?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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