Pianist Li Yundi reveals the only watch he’ll wear and the habits he simply can’t shake
Chongqing-born pianist Li Yundi first came to the spotlight in 2000 at the age of 18, the youngest ever and first Chinese to win the Chopin International Piano Competition. The piano prodigy has since become a leading proponent of Chopin’s music. He chats with us about his passion for the craft, and the only thing he’d wear on his wrist
It brings me a lot of happiness and contentment when people discover a love for classical music after listening to my concerts
I started playing the piano when I was 7. By the age of 8, I only wanted to be a pianist—even though I didn’t know what this truly meant and entailed.
The first watch I bought for myself was a Rolex. I now own several of them and haven’t considered any other brand since. My all-time favourite model is the Rolex Daytona.
Each city has its own
charm, but I always think about my hometown, Chongqing.
My guilty pleasure is having food late at night. I don’t eat anything before a concert, and they always finish late. Although it’s not very healthy, I have no choice.
My favourite time of day is 8pm to 10pm—when piano performances are usually held. I’m most energetic during this period.
My dream address would be in a city near the sea or a river.