Zhenni Li’s riveting personality and passionate performances have brought audiences to their feet around the world. She has been hailed for her “torrents of voluptuous sound,” as “an artist of tremendous conviction, who fascinates even as she provokes,” and for her “big, gorgeous tone and a mesmerizing touch.”
Zhenni has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her 2017 recording debut, Mélancholie, featuring works by Schumann, Lourié, and Bartók, was lauded as “extremely expressive... with a smoldering undercurrent that reaches deep inside the notes.”
Zhenni’s recent engagements include performances of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff piano concertos. A passionate advocate of new music, Zhenni has premiered works by Renée Favand-See and Samuel Zyman.
Zhenni has garnered worldwide recognition as the winner of the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, and the Concours Musical de France.
A deeply devoted chamber musician, Zhenni has collaborated with ensembles such as the New Orford String Quartet and the Jasper String Quartet. She has performed at summer chamber music festivals including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, and Juilliard ChamberFest.
Zhenni earned her bachelor and master of music degrees at The Juilliard School. She completed her doctorate at Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
She has served as piano faculty and chamber music coach at McGill and at HeifetzPEG in Virginia. Zhenni is the co-founder and artistic director for Fishin’ in C, a diverse chamber music series in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, and The Last Soirée, a multi-genre performing-arts series in New York.