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 2018, when Li 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 Natalya Antonova.