Hailed as “a pianist who plays with real panache” by the Chicago Tribune, Li Jian performs in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Active as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, conductor and chamber musician, Li Jian’s artistry has been acclaimed by critics and audiences worldwide.
At 16, Li Jian was the youngest competitor and Second Grand Prize Winner in the Marguerite Long–Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris – an honor which let the French Government and the Samson François Foundation inviting him to study at the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris. He was also the youngest musician chosen by the Chinese government to perform at the national reception honoring U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his historic visit to China. In 1989, he became the first Mainland Chinese musician to be invited to perform in Taiwan. His visit ushered in a new era of cultural and political relationships across the Taiwan Strait.
Born into a musical family in Shanghai, China, Li Jian began his music studies at the age of six and studied with Prof. Hong Teng at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He continued his education at the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris, with Prof. Pierre Sancan, and The Curtis Institute of Music, with the legendary Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and studied conducting with Prof. Jorma Panula.