Wunderkind violinist Christian Li, just 13 years old, will release his debut album in August 2021 on the Decca Classics label. He is the label’s youngest ever to have signed with the label a year ago. Featured on this album is the classic Meditation from the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet, which has been released as a single.
Christian recorded this new single with his pianist Timothy Young in between lockdowns at Melbourne Recital Centre, just after celebrating his 13th birthday at home with his family.
Christian will also make his Melbourne Digital Concert Hall debut, performing with pianist Laurence Matheson on Thursday 22nd April at 7:00 PM (AEST).
Meditation is one of the most popular pieces for violin. Many violinist have played this piece, from students and amatuers to greats like Kreisler, Heifetz and Milstein to Anne-Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti. Christian follows in the footsteps of his heroes, putting his own remarkably mature stamp on this timeless work.
This release marks three years since Christian’s first prize success at the prestigious international Menuhin Competition (Junior) in April 2018, where he became the youngest ever winner at the competition, and also took home the Audience Prize.