The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Introducing George Li—Pianist for the Orchestra's Anniversary Concert

This weekend, audiences will be treated to the 15th Anniversary Concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square. The concerts will be Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

The concert will begin with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23., and will feature award-winning 19-year-old piano prodigy George Li as the soloist. Li has been performing publicly since age 9 and performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 11. In 2011 he performed for President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden.

The Washington Post has praised Li for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.” He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He is currently a graduate student in a joint program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

The Orchestra at Temple Square was formed in 1999, under the direction of Gordon B. Hinckley, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The all-volunteer musical organization’s charter is to accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and to perform in two concerts of its own each year.