Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2023
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 10 to 26, 2023
All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted



Sunday, August 20, 2023, 7:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall


3 Finalists
in the order of appearance on Sunday

Hanwen Shi Che Li Summin Kim

~ Program ~

Tchaikovsky piano concerto No. 1
in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 (1879 version).
 Performance will be accompanied
by the official collaborative pianist
on the second piano.

~ The Result ~

1st prize: Che Li
Awarded US$5000, performing with Mercury Orchestra on Sat 8/26/2023, 7:30 pm at Jordan Hall, and a returning solo recital at Summer Free Concerts @ NEC 2024 with additional compensation.

2nd prize: Sunmin Kim
Awarded US$2000, a returning solo recital at Summer Free Concerts @ NEC 2024 with additional compensation.

3rd prize: Hanwen Shi
Awarded US$1000.


Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts


photos: Chung Cheng

event photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo
in the order of appearance on Sunday

Hanwen Shi
, China
Hanwen Shi 石瀚文was born in Nanjing, Jiang Su province, China, in 1999 and started to practice piano at 4. Respectively, he was mentored by a former teacher of Nanjing Art College, then by Pianist and Professor Wenchuan Zheng from Jiangsu Academy of Drama. In 2012, he was admitted by Music Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Teacher Qi Zhang. From 2014, he was supervised by Dr. Prof. Cheung-yu Mo, Director of the Piano Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2018, He studied at New England Conservatory with Professor Alexander Korsantia, the gold medal winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and Sydney International Piano Competition. During these years, he attended many music festivals such as Bowdoin, Aspen, and Morning side Music Bridge and studied with teachers such as Krzysztof Jablonski, Anton Nel, Fabio Bidini, Hung-kuan Chen and so on . In 2019, He was invited as a guest performer in TedxYouth @HuizhanRd. In November same year, he was invited by Benjamin Zander, the famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, to participate in the open music class. In 2020 and 2023, he was invited multiple times to cooperated with the Nanjing Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2013, He won the First prize in Chopin Etude group, First prize in Beethoven Sonata group, and second prize in the free choice group in the first Singapore International Youth Piano Competition. Same year, He won the "16th Changjiang Cup International Youth Piano Competition" first prize in the junior middle school group in Japan, also the award and bonus of the Chinese Consul General in Osaka. In 2022, he attended the 7th Tbilisi international piano competition as one of the two Chinese participants.

Che Li, China
Che Li, male, was born in Zhejiang, China in April 2001. He recently graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with his bachelor’s degree of music in Piano Performance. He began to learn piano from his mother at the age of four. In 2013, he was admitted to Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Yunlin Yang. In 2019, he was admitted to the New England Conservatory and studied with Professor Haesun Paik.

He has made many achievements in China and abroad, some of which are as following: In 2015, he won the third place in the professional youth group of the fourth German Omeil Cup Qingdao International Piano Open.

In 2016, he won the second prize of the professional youth group of the 16th Xinghai Cup National Children's Piano Competition (the first prize is vacant). In February 2017, he won the first place in the professional youth group of the second National Youth Piano Open of the affiliated middle school cup of Shanghai Conservatory of music. In May 2018, he won the second place in the professional youth group of the 63rd German Gaotian Competition in China. In July 2018, he won the third place in the concerto professional group competition of the eighth Shenzhen Piano Open competition Che Li has held solo and Concerto concerts in Shanghai, Wenzhou, Hefei, California, and other places. These include: In November 2016, he performed "Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor" with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at He Luting Concert Hall of Shanghai Conservatory of music; In April 2017, he successfully held a solo concert in the Conservatory of music of Wenzhou University. On November 7, 2018, a solo concert was held in concert hall attached to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. On July 29, 2019, he cooperated with the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra in "Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor" at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in the United States. On September 19, 2020, the "New Star Shines in the Yangtze River Delta" -- the concert of Zhong Hang and Che Li Chinese young pianists studying in the United States, was held in Hefei Grand Theater.

Che Li has participated in the exchange and study of International Piano Master Classes for many times and received the guidance and instruction of many internationally renowned piano educators.

Sunmin Kim, S. Korea
Born in South Korea, Sunmin Kim began playing the piano at the age of 10. He attended the Yewon School of Arts and Seoul Arts High School, where he studied with Kyung-Ah Kim. In 2019, he moved to Boston at age 17 to pursue further studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he met Professor HaeSun Paik. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Boston, he moved to New York in 2023 to study under Professor Sergei Babayan at Juilliard School.
Sunmin has been awarded numerous prizes in prestigious piano competitions in Korea, including the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition, the Korean Liszt Society Competition, the Yewon Competition, the Sungjung Music Competition, and more. He has also achieved success in international competitions such as the Asia International Piano Academy Competition, and the Korea-Asia Piano Open Competition. Sunmin was a recipient of the Tan Family Foundation Scholarship during his studies at the New England Conservatory.
As an active soloist, Sunmin has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Poeun Art Hall in Korea, and Seongnam Arts Center Concert Hall, among others. Internationally, he has been invited and given recitals at the Williams Hall in Boston, Yamaha Concert Salon Seoul, and TLi Art Center. Recently, sponsored by the Kumho Foundation in Korea, he successfully finished his recital as a winner of the Kumho Young Artist Audition. Sunmin has also presented numerous chamber performances at Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, First Church in Cambridge, Yewon Art Hall, and Kim Young-ui Hall. He has also participated and performed at the New Paltz Piano Summer, Asia International Piano Academy Festival, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As an choral composer, he has collaborated with several music publishers as an associated composer, and his choral works have been exclusively published by J&A Music, the largest choral music publication in Korea.
Sunmin has attended master classes with Alessio Bax, Lliya Zilberstein, Antti Siirala, Alexander Korsantia, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and Jinsang Lee.

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