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Jiale Li & the Russian String Orchestra | Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral

May 8 @ 7:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry


Gold medalist of The Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition Jiale Li returns to San Antonio from Shanghai, China for the first time since his spectacular victory! He will be joined by the Russian String Orchestra in a performance of the beloved Chopin Piano Concerto No.1. The founder and music director of the orchestra Misha Rachlevsky will lead the collaboration.

About Jiale Li (China):

Jiale Li is no stranger to piano competition and the spotlight, with an impressive list to his name thus far.

One of his most recent accomplishments came in 2020, when Li was awarded the Gold Medal for The Gurwitz International Piano Competition in San Antonio, TX. Shortly before this in 2018, he represented the Eastman School of Music for a recital at New York City’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall. This came to be after winning Eastman’s Douglas Lowry Award. Three years before, Jiale won 1st prize at the Eastman Concerto Competition, the same year he enrolled to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Li has also earned prizes in many prestigious piano competitions such as: 1st Prize in the “Conservatory Cup” Piano Competition; 1st Prize and Best Performance of Schubert’s Works at the Yamaha Award Competition; and 3rd place at the 5th International Competition of Young Pianists “A Step Towards Mastery” in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jiale was born in Huludao, Liaoning Province of China. He began piano studies at a young age until he was admitted in 2004 to the Middle School Attached to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2007, Jiale placed first on the entrance examination at the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and studied there for three years as a high school student. In 2010, Jiale was admitted to five music conservatories in the U. S. and entered the Juilliard School to study with Mr. Seymour Lipkin. Jiale also participated in several summer courses during his undergraduate years such as the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Los Angeles Music Festival; and ANME Asian New Music Festival. In Fall 2015, Jiale entered the Eastman School of Music to pursue a Master of Music Degree.

Jiale is currently pursuing a DMA degree at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Professor Nelita True.

About the Russian String Orchestra:

Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 25 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.

The signature quality of the orchestra is the depth and variety of its repertoire — over 1000 compositions from early baroque to works written on commission from Misha Rachlevsky and the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the USA. The orchestra prides itself in offering interesting and often unique programs, not only for its home audience, but on tour as well.

From Frankfurter Allgemeine, summarizing its review of the orchestra’s debut at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper: “The evening with this ensemble, which boasts to be made up of Moscow’s best musicians, completely eliminated any doubts with regard to this statement.”

About Misha Rachlevsky (director/conductor):

Misha Rachlevsky’s lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. Born in Moscow, his violin studies began at the age of five and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents, and in1976 settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music.

Mr. Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years.

In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain – a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky founded and led Granada’s own chamber orchestra. In 1991, in the heady aftermath of Moscow’s momentous events of August 1991, Misha Rachlevsky found it impossible to resist an opportunity presented by Claves to record Russian works for this label. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (now known as Russian String Orchestra) was created.


May 8
7:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205