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Zhenni Li-Cohen

HeifetzPEG Pianist
Zhenni Li-Cohen

About Zhenni

Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world.  Hailed for her “torrents of voluptuous sound…Li impresses as an artist of tremendous conviction, who fascinates even as she provokes“ by Gramophone Magazine, “a thrillingly good pianist” by The New Yorker and for her…big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Li has performed in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall and WQXR’s Greene Space in New York, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Performing Arts Center, San Jose’s California Theater, the Grieghallen in Norway and Berliner Philharmonie in Germany.

Upcoming engagements include concerto appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Fairbanks, Johns Hopkins, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras, as well as an album release recital tour for recording projects “Une lettre” and “Beethoven’s Apotheosis” for the Steinway & Sons label.  Highlights of recent seasons include her critically acclaimed CD recording debut “Mélancholie” on the Steinway & Sons label, recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., New York’s Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society, Oregon’s Portland Piano International, Rhode Island’s Jamestown Piano Association, McGill University and the University of Washington.  Concerto highlights include performances with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, and the McGill, NYCA, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestras; she also appeared as a guest artist for the New York Philharmonic Symposium on Stravinsky with conductor Valery Gergiev.

Ms. Li has garnered worldwide recognition, most recently as the winner of the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, Astral Artist’s 2016 National Auditions, the Grieg International Competition in Norway, and the unanimous 1st Prize at the Concours Musical de France.  She is also a top prizewinner of the International Russian Piano Competition, Midwest International Piano Competition, the Kosciusko Chopin Piano Competition and The Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.  Her performances have been broadcast internationally on Canada National CBC Radio,   Chicago’s WFMT Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, New York’s WQXR, Norwegian National Radio: NPK P2/NPK Klassisk, Philadelphia’s WWFM and WRTI, Texas Public Radio, and West Virginia’s WVTF.

A deeply devoted chamber musician, Ms. Li has collaborated with ensembles such as the New Orford String Quartet, the Jasper String Quartet, and Quatuor Hugo Wolf, and has appeared as a guest artist for Olmos Ensemble, Heifetz on Tour, Ensemble For The Romantic Century, Chamber Players International, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in concert venues including Bennett Gordon Concert Hall at Ravinia, the Brandywine Museum and Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens, Boulder’s Dairy Center, Salle Redpath and Pollack Hall in Montréal, and the Théâtre de Vevey in Switzerland.  Summer festival appearances include performances at such prominent chamber music festivals as Classical Bridge, Fontainebleau Festival, Kneisel Hall, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo,  and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.

Ms. Li holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree, both on a full scholarship, from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin and Joseph Kalichstein.  After obtaining her Artist Diploma with Peter Frankl at Yale School of Music, she completed her doctorate studies at the McGill School of Music under Dr. Stéphane Lemelin.  She has served as Piano Faculty/Chamber music coach for the McGill School of Music for undergraduate students and for the HeifetzPEG Institute in Virginia and is also the co-founder and Artistic Director for “The Last Soirée”, a multi-genre performing arts series which launched in New York last spring, and ”Fishin’ in C Chamber Music Series”, a diverse chamber concert series in Philadelphia that launched in Fall 2018.