Nature & Fantasy

MAY 10, 2017

                                                            Matthew Li, piano

                                                          Matthew Li, piano


The May Concert features First Place Bursary Winner, Pianist Matthew Li, performing a recital of works about nature and fantasy by composers Debussy, Messiaen, Liszt, and Scriabin

Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water) from Images, book I  -  Claude Debussy
Le Traquet Stapazin (Black-eared wheatear) from Catalogue d’Oiseaux, book II - Olivier Messiaen
Vallée d’Obermann from Years of Pilgrimage, Year 1 - Franz Liszt
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 - Alexander Scriabin
Vancouver raised pianist Matthew Li is a diverse and adventurous musician who is not afraid of going beyond the conventional repertoire. He has garnered praise and attention for combining intellectual interpretations with explosive virtuosity. Mr. Li is active in both the West and the East coast of Canada, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts
program at the University of Toronto. Mr. Li made his orchestral debut in China with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. He has since performed across Canada and also in United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, China and Hong Kong. In 2015, he won the university’s annual Doctor of Music Competition for all instruments, and was invited to perform at the Thursdays at Noon recital series. He won the VWMS Bursary Competition in early 2016 and was later invited on a separate occasion to perform with the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra on their 101th season. Mr. Li was appointed Associate Instructor in piano at the Indiana University between 2008 and 2010. 
Mr. Li has a growing interest in exploring the realm of modernist and contemporary music. He was one of the five pianists chosen by Munich’s BR Musica Viva to participate in the Stockhausen Music Festival and study with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. He also joined Mr. Aimard and Ms. Stefanovich at the Aldeburgh Festival in the summer of 2016 for the Messiaen Catalogue d’Oiseaux program. His rich experiences in summer music festivals in the past include the Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Centre d’Arts Orford, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, where he studied with Lee Kum Sing, Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, and Menahem Pressler.
Matthew Li holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. He has been under the tutelage of Marietta Orlov since 2010. His past teachers include Sheila Hardy, Sara Davis Buechner, Arnaldo Cohen, and the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger: Emile Naoumoff. 
Mr. Li has recently resettled back in Vancouver and will be collaborating with several local musicians in the upcoming season. Details will be published on the official website at

Matthew Li introduces his May 10th Recital at the VWMS