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Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

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.

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