The young talented Chinese pianist Sunny Li is a Steinway Artist, and endorsed by the Arts Council England.
She started learning piano at the age of four. She had her first public performance in China at the age of six. At the age of 16, Sunny left her home in China to study at the Royal Academy of Music, UK. Sunny has performed in major concert halls and venues around the UK and Europe, and has won prestigious awards such as the Third Rising Star International Piano Competition, Schoenfeld International Piano Competition, British Royal Northern College of Music Concerto Competition, the 56th Grotrain-Steinweg Schumann International Competition and China-International Piano Open Competition and more.
In 2016, Sunny’s new album
"Colour of her hair is the black keys, her skin is the white keys, her eyes are the harmonies, her soul is the piano with many strings. Piano is a part of her. When Sunny's hands that plays, touching one key or another, is vibrating everyone's soul."
- BBC Journalist
Sunny was offered multiple scholarships from Birmingham Conservatory, Royal College of Music, New England Conservatoire and Manhattan Conservatory in New York. The Royal Academy of Music was her choice, as she studied with Professor Carole Presland and subsequently in Master of Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Professor Paul Janes. In 2011, she completed her postgraduate degree of Music Business in Point Blank Music College in London. She had her Artist Diploma in Trinity Laban Conservatory in 2016. Sunny also had lessons and master-classes given by many well-known and inspiring pianists such as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christopher Elton and Mitsuko Uchida, etc.
In 2009, she played Beethoven No.1 Concerto with London Orchestra. In 2010, she played solo concert invited by Richard Piano Company in Dalian broadcast and she was printed in the China Daily Newspaper. In the same year, she also performed with famous singer Karlene Hayworth in London for the Christmas Opera Concert. Sunny was invited to classical music club private Italian event and performed with world famous pianist Lorenzo Di Bella. Sunny recorded her first piano solo album <昀韵> in 2011. She had concerts in UK with her best chamber partner violinist Maria Orguren in Wigmore Hall which is one of the best concert halls in London, also duo concert with AJSW (Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex). In July 2013, Sunny signed with BFSU Omnibrain for youth-as-image speaker performance in China. Sunny is also a wine taster as she got the WSET (wine spirit education test) certificate, and played chamber concert in the public wine event in August 2013. In November that year, she was invited to Montblanc private event performed with world famous pianist Langlang. She also played solo concert in NPL music society regularly in London. In September 2014, she played concert with Chamber Music Group, The Migjorn Quartet and had master classes with famous violinist Petr Prause, Peter Cropper and pianist Jiri Vodicka. She was also invited by the Royal Over-Seas League and played for the royal members, with Marimba and 2 Pianos with percussionist Le Yu in Alexzandra Princess Hall. Sunny is invited in Munich Germany, and had recitals with pianist Assel Abilseitova in Steinway Haus, Rubinstein Hall. She was requested the pleasure of the company for the visit of First Lady of China Madame Peng Liyuan when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited U.K. in October 2015. She also played in Royal Albert Hall in March 2016.
Sunny signed with German Progressive-Arts Records Company. On June 2016 Sunny released her new album “Sunny Li Piano” on Spotify, google music, Amazon and iTunes, the album been selected as the bestselling classical album in Amazon. Later she was interviewed by Classic Finland, Sino Radio London, BBC3, GB Times and world number one Pianist Magazine. Her piano video has been posted by Classic FM, with over a million views and caused a social media storm. Having won many awards in China for her arts as well as being a brand ambassador for the leading UK piano company, Piano Restoration Ltd. In 2017, Sunny played over 20 UK concert tours and officially been accepted as a young Steinway artist by the headquarters from Steinway & Sons in May. She also released two albums, “A Night with Mendelssohn - Live Concert” and “Franck Sonata for Piano and Violin” which is a unique take on Franck's timeless Violin Sonata as interpreted by Sunny Li by combining with the sounds and atmosphere of the Natural World.