PRE-SELECTION JURY MEMBER – POZZOLI 2021
Yingdi Sun won the First Prize in the 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in April 2005, becoming the first Chinese pianist to win this prestigious competition. Yingdi’s outstanding interpretation of Liszt has been praised by major media reports as “Liszt in primary colors.”
In recent years, Yingdi has been an active pianist both in China and worldwide, touring over countries including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
In 2009, Brilliant Classics, a Dutch record company, released Yingdi’s debut album of pure Liszt program. In 2019, NCPA Classics released Yingdi’s second album, which contains works by Ravel, Barber and Liszt.
Yingdi Sun has always been an avid chamber musician. He has toured in Europe and North America with German violinist Augustin Hadelich. At the end of 2011, Yingdi joined with violinist Siqing Lu and cellist Li-Wei Qin to formed the China Trio. The trio has becoming the most demanded chamber group and giving performances throughout China.
Apart from delving into the study of the traditional classical repertoire, Yingdi is also an active exponent of modern and contemporary music. He has had many close collaborations with Tan Dun, premiering this famous Chinese composer’s piano concertos The Fire and The Banquet.
Yingdi Sun is deputy director of the piano department of Shanghai Conservatory. In 2011 and 2014, he was twice invited to be a jury member in the second and final rounds of the CCTV Piano and Violin Competition. In 2012, CCTV named him one of the Ten Chinese Young Pianists. In 2017, he was the jury member of the international Franz Liszt piano competition in Utrecht.