'Piano Prince' Li Yundi makes comeback 2 years after prostitute scandal

ADELAIDE, Australia — World-iconic Chinese archetypical pianist Li Yundi possesses earned an emotional comeback in Australia, two years after he was blacklisted in China for purportedly hiring a prostitute.

The 41-year-worn is currently on scenic tour in Australia and also executed in Adelaide last Saturday (Oct 28).

In a video uploaded that night by a netizen on Chinese social media lookout Weibo, Li given two arrangements of blossoms from the visitor and also played Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne In E Flat Extensive for an repetition.

He will execute in Brisbane on Wednesday, Sydney on Saturday and also Melbourne on Sunday.

Birthed in Chongqing, China, Li won the Global Chopin Piano Tournament in 2000 — at 18, he was the youngest pianist to undertake so — which launched his international music job.

Determined as China’s Piano Royal prince, he was imprisoned by the Beijing police in October 2021 for purportedly soliciting a 29-year-worn prostitute, and also disappeared from public perceive for two years. Acquiring prostitutes and also prostitution are baned in China.

Li, who was then snagging portion in the first season of neoteric Chinese fact singing underscore Telephone call Me By Fire (2021 to stance), was online recovered rid of from the underscore.

The China Institution of Lugging out Arts and also the Chinese Artists’ Institution both immediately discontinued his subscription.

Li sampled the waters in December 2022 once he uploaded on Weibo a video of him playing the piano, through the inscription: “The fame will endure for life.”

He continued to short post on Instagram videos of himself playing the piano in the first fifty percent of 2023 before deciding in July a 2023 Australia Unborn Ago Scenic tour in October and also November.

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A short post ordinary by YUNDI LI李云迪 (@yundimusicofficial)

This short post was first posted in The Straits Times. Consent vital for recreation.

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