First Prize Winner
First Canadian Chopin Competition, 1999
With playing that The Toronto Star describes as “flawless technique combined with a light touch to produce the most exquisite tonal effects”, pianist Li Wang has earned the recognition as one of Canada's finest artists. Gold medal winner of the First Canadian Chopin Piano Competition, Mr. Wang has enjoyed success on the international competition circuit, claiming awards and distinctions in the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, 43rd Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition held in Budapest, and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, in which he was the only Canadian accepted to compete.
In performances, Mr. Wang has been heard as recital soloist and chamber musician around the globe, a highlight of which was to perform an all-Chopin recital at the International Chopin Festival in Antonin, Poland, in September 2000. As well, Mr. Wang has been featured as concerto soloists with acclaimed orchestras such as the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the MATAV Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Cultura Orchestra of Brazil. In Canada, Mr. Wang’s performances has been broadcasted on CBC, CJRT, Classical 96.3FM, and BRAVO! arts channel, OMNI TV, Fairchild TV, and CityTV.
Additionally, Mr. Wang is one of the recording artists for the Celebration Series of The Royal Conservatory’s 2015 Piano Syllabus; a recipient of the Steinway and Sons’ Top Teacher Award; and has served as judge for the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition.
Born in Beijing, Mr. Wang began his piano studies with his father, and furthered his musical training at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris under Brigitte Engerer, and The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Canada under the tutelage of James Anagnoson. A resident of Toronto, Mr. Wang is currently piano faculty at both The Glenn Gould School and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists.