Christian Li, the 12-year-old Australian-Chinese violinist who became the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Competition aged just 10, has signed with Decca Classics. The label’s youngest ever signing, Li has recorded the challenging La ronde des lutins (The Dance of the Goblins) by Bazzini for his debut single, following in the footsteps of his violin heroes Maxim Vengerov and Yehudi Menuhin.
Christian Li. Photo © Jess Brohier
“I’m so excited to have signed to Decca Classics just after my 12th birthday, and to be releasing my very first recording! I love playing the violin, and really hope you enjoy listening,” Li said.
“It’s wonderful to welcome Christian to the Decca Classics family, as he follows in the footsteps of the many great international violinists we have championed throughout our label’s 90-year history,” said Executive Producer at Decca Classics, Helen Lewis. “Christian’s musicianship and technical mastery of his instrument at such a young age is truly astounding, and all of us at Decca look forward to supporting him on the exciting journey ahead.”
Born in Melbourne in 2007, Li’s journey with the violin began at the age of five. International acclaim followed in 2018 when he became the youngest-ever joint Junior First Prize Winner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Geneva, where he performed a movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. His other accomplishments include winning First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy, performing at Carnegie Hall in the American Protégé Showcase 10th Anniversary concert, and placing first in the “Golden Beijing” violin competition in China.
In 2019, Li debuted with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He also gave UK debut recitals at the Cheltenham, Harrogate and Gower International Festivals and performed in Tel Aviv and Norway. He studies with Dr Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and plays on a rare 3/4 size Dom Nicolò Amati violin from 1733.
La Ronde Des Lutins is now available on Decca Classics. Li will release additional recordings in 2020, to be announced soon.