Lecturer in Music, Piano
Pianist Bichuan Li is a seasoned performer known for outstanding musical integrity and a special talent for producing a wide variety of tone colors. Her 1996 debut recital in Sweden was hailed as “superb” and her performance, “flawless.” Reviewing her recital at the Shanghai Concert Hall, the critic of the Jiefang Daily praised “her refined technique and unfailing sensitivity” and found the lyrical passages “extraordinarily beautiful.”
A native of Shanghai, Ms. Li began learning piano at the age of four. Unlike most other accomplished concert pianists, she faced many setbacks in her early years. Her applications to the Shanghai Conservatory were denied again and again—her hands were too small, she came from a politically incorrect family, and, finally, she was too old. Not to be discouraged, she kept on with the piano, although the Cultural Revolution interrupted her studies for ten years. Her passion for the instrument never dimmed, even during that difficult time, and she became a “closet” musician. These early difficulties implanted in her a commitment and maturity that have enriched her extraordinary performing skill.
Ms. Li has been on the faculty at the University of Hawai‘i since 1986. Since 1991, she has also been an Honorary Associate Professor of the Shanghai Teachers’ University where, in 2012, she was invited as a Visiting Professor at the Music College. A Music Teachers’ National Association certified professional piano teacher, she has served twice as President of the Honolulu Piano Teachers’ Association and was President of the Hawaii Music Teachers’ Association from 1998 to 2000.
Augmenting her repertoire of Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and others with piano music by women composers and modern Chinese composers, Ms. Li has performed on four continents and has concertized throughout the United States and Far East. She has enjoyed large audiences and rave reviews throughout China and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil and Sweden. Hawaii Public Radio broadcast portions of her Chinese piano music recital several times. Ms. Li has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras and in numerous chamber music concerts, workshops and master classes.
Ms. Li maintains a large, private piano studio and is dedicated to teaching. Her students have been top winners in numerous piano competitions.
Her CD, In Clara Wieck Schumann’s Circle, was released in 1998 on the Wa Nui label (firstname.lastname@example.org). It features Clara’s Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, music by Clara’s father Friedrich, her brothers Alwin and Woldemar, her sister Marie, and her close friend Brahms.
Ms. Li received her undergraduate degree from the Music College of Shanghai Normal University and her MM in Piano Performance from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her teachers in China included Jisen Fan, Yu Wang, Benjamin Yu, Rongwei Chen, and Mingduo Li; in Hawai‘i she studied with UH Mānoa professors Paul Lyddon and Edward Shipwright.
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李于1998 年录制的CD, “In Clara Wieck Schumann’s Circle,” 包括了克拉拉的罗伯特舒曼主题变奏曲，舒曼的克莱斯勒丽安娜，及克拉拉的父亲弗莱得力克，兄弟阿尔温，渥得马，妹妹玛丽，还有好朋友勃朗 姆斯的作品。
李曾师从范继森，王羽，俞便民，陈荣伟，李名铎，Paul Lyddon 和Edward Shipwright。