The controversial Chinese pianist, Sunny Li, who caused a social media storm amongst the normally sedate Classic FM online community when ‘training’ videos of her playing two grand pianos went viral with over a million views , sparking admiration and outrage in equal measure, is embarking on a UK tour this spring in line with the release of her new album.
Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM/videos/10154894757289260/
Whilst many of the comments on the video were complimentary, others took the form of what some may consider a sexist tirade due to the seemingly provocative style Sunny had to adopt when performing the ‘double grand work out’. The comments deeply affected the young pianist who had never experienced such attention in her homeland of China.
Sunny stated that she ‘wasn’t expecting a lot of views’ as the video was meant to be just for fun, as a way of displaying one of her piano workout methods, but some of the comments left her feeling confused and upset. Despite this, Li feels strongly about equality and encouraging people to play the piano. She added ‘There is no reason why women can’t play like men, they are just as equal. It’s the modern day – sometimes women are even better than the men!’
To add insult to injury, Sunny, who is a strong advocate of getting young people into classical music, believes that the musical genre is potentially on the verge of becoming extinct and therefore feels that the passionate side of classical music needs to truly compete with its pop music counterparts. Consequently, talent needs to go hand in hand with style and fashion in order to reach a younger ‘streetwise’ audience. She has compared classical music to ‘a very meaningful book that is close to the soul’ and it is this idea that she wants to push forward to young people in the hope that they might give classical music a chance.
Sunny is combating her detractors with these empowering standpoints and intends to show them just how passionate she is to spread the classical message with her upcoming tour of the UK this year. Having won many awards in China for her art as well as being a brand ambassador for the leading UK piano company, www.pianorestorations.co.uk , Sunny is also in the running to become a ‘Young Steinway Artist’, a highly sought after distinction that may well see her endorsed by the piano manufacturing giants.
24/02/2017: St. James Church, London
07/03/2017: Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge
17/03/2017: St. James Church, London, with orchestra
25/03/2017: St. Margaret Church, Oxford
26/03/2017: Stanborough Park Church, Watford
01/04/2017: Faversham Assembly Rooms
07/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
28/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
12/05/2017: Wigmore Hall, London
27/05/2017: St. George's Church, Beckenham
16/08/2017: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge
Sunny’s album, Sunny Li Piano, is out now on Itunes, Google Music, Spotify and Amazon:
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