Cecilia Li


shiuling records was founded in 2004 by the pianist Cecilia Li, one of the first women in Austria in the field of classical music who operates her own CD label.

Cecilia Li offers a manifold piano repertoire from classics to contemporary compositions. Her artistic activities include soloistic concerts and chamber music. Furthermore as the musical director she is responsible for the music dramaturgy of Tanz Atelier Wien, a laboratory for research in contemporary dance and music.

Through the label shiuling records she publishes uncut live recordings of the compositions, in order to preserve the musical flow and authenticity. Over the last decades, she has been focusing on various compositional oeuvres in a dialectical fashion: i.e. contrasting Friedrich Cerha and J.S. Bach, Giacinto Scelsi and W.A. Mozart, etc. Through the choice of specific music series thematically based compositions from classic to modern music she opens new soundscapes for the audience.

The performing profile of Cecilia Li goes beyond the usual performances in concert halls. The symbiosis of visual and acoustic art forms is of fundamental importance for her artistic work: architecture, fine arts, dance and music are made to interact, thereby creating a new work of art. Therefore for her piano play she is always looking for exemplary locations, contexts and atmospheres.


Short biography

Cecilia Li was born in Taipei , Taiwan in 1957 and started to play the piano at the age of 8. At the age of 13, she began to study piano at the Kwang-Jen High School with Prof. Iman Wu and Prof. Robert Scholz, in the first experimental music class ever held in Taiwan. At the age of 14, Cecilia Li continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mozarteum Salzburg, in Prof. Kurt Neumüller's concert class. Later she took courses and lessons with Tatjana Nikolaijewa, Norman Shetler, Meira Farkas and Sandor Végh. Cecilia Li received various awards and honours. At the age of 20, she received the concert diploma with highest honours and the achievement award of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

Her numerous solo/chamber music concerts include performances at the Taipei Opera Music Recital Hall, at the Grand Concert Hall Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Chamber Music Festival in Salzburg, at the Strovolos Theatre in Nicosia/Cyprus, at the Liszt Concert Hall Raiding and a series of recitals at the Palais Coburg in Vienna. Performances in collaboration with Tanz Atelier Wien were shown at the 3rd Beijing Art Festival, at the European Dance Festival Cyprus, at Festspielhaus St. Pölten, at the styriarte and at Wien Modern, etc.

In 2004, Cecilia Li founded her own CD label shiuling records.

  • "Bach Goldberg Variations": 1996, Bayer Records – Amati
  • "Debussy - 12 Préludes pour piano livre II": 2004, shiuling records
  • "Hommage à Erik Satie": 2004, shiuling records
  • "piano phonotope": 2010, shiuling records

Besides her solo-piano work she established herself as a distinguished teacher and music advisor. Concerts, TV and radio recordings have been realized in Europe and Asia.

Since 2009 Cecilia Li is co-author of the International ChoreoLab Austria (ICLA), an interdisciplinary art-based research seminar in the interface of body, mind and nature.

Cecilia Li is a Bösendorfer Artist.

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