Yundi is the most acclaimed and popular classical pianist of this generation. He is also a superstar with great influence in China and around the world. He has appeared in China's highly popular Spring Festival gala three times, performing for millions of people across the country. He is considered a national treasure of China.
Yundi is also active politically, socially and environmentally. He is a council member of the China National Youth Union, a member of the standing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Chongqing, and the City Image Ambassador and Environmental Image Ambassador of Chongqing.
Yundi’s Weibo account (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) has 10 million followers. Every message he writes on Weibo has tens of thousands of comments and forwards, evidence that he is the hottest celebrity in China.
In 2000, at the age of 18, Yundi rose to instant stardom with his victory in the 14th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He was the first Chinese winner in the history of the prestigious competition, and the youngest ever. His stunning victory was called “a feat that shocked the world”, and since then, music critics around the world have regarded him as the world’s most talented musician.
Yundi has issued 13 classic albums globally so far, every one of which has been a best-seller, earning widespread praise. He is not only the ideal role model for 50 million Chinese piano students, but also a legendary youth leader. He is also a super idol in Asia and Europe.
Yundi has just completed a recital tour in Europe. Wherever he goes and whatever he produces, he generates a sensational response, whether it is in album sales, performance sell-outs, or music critics’ superlatives. He is referred by the media to “Michael Jackson in Classical Field”.