2000年，刚满18岁的李云迪前往波兰参加第十四届肖邦国际钢琴比赛（14th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition），一举打破金奖连续空缺两届、长达15年的沉寂夺得冠军，成为开赛73年来最年轻的金奖得主和首位获第一名的中国人，被国际乐坛称为“震惊世界琴坛的一大壮举”、“中国音乐界的里程碑”。 肖邦比赛特邀评论员Jan Popis说：“是真正的自然，来自天堂的声音。他证实了自己是在掌握肖邦演奏风格上最完美、最富有诗意的钢琴家。”
2012/13乐季，李云迪的新专辑《贝多芬：悲怆·月光·热情》已全球发行。贝多芬的这些经典曲目保持着钢琴独奏曲目音乐性和诠释性的基准；李云迪深谙其中魅力，并用一位中国钢琴艺术家的洞察力，向世人发出他迷人的声音。该专辑发行后，获得了国内外古典专业人士的一致认可，Classicfm评价道：“李云迪赋予《月光奏鸣曲》一份精致的质感及亘古长青的生命律动。”（Yundi plays the ‘Moonlight’sonata at a slower pace than many well-known recordings, adding a fragile quality and a sense of timelessness to the almost over-familiar music.）
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”.