The Young Romantic
Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Starring Yundi Li, Seiji Ozawa, and Peter Oundjian
Runtime 88 mins
Produced by Rhombus Media
Distributed by Rhombus International
Awards Gemini -Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series Robert Swartz,
Best Photography in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series Milan Podsedly
THE YOUNG ROMANTIC is a documentary portrait of Yundi Li, who at age 25, is already a great cultural ambassador for the new China, a country that recently became a significant force in the classical music world. At such a young age Yundi already reigns (along with Lang Lang) over a multitude of more than 20 million young concert pianists currently on the ascent in China.
Yundi Li became famous all over the world when, at age 18 he won first prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Poland. He was the first person in 15 years – and the youngest person ever – to win first prize, and he was also the first ever winner from China.
Although much of the film is set in Berlin, most of it was shot in China : in Chongqing, Yundi’s birth place, where his grandparents still live and where he learned to play the accordion as a young child; in Shenzhen, the future City of Pianos, and home base for Yundi, his parents and his renowned piano teacher, Professor Dan; in Beijing, where Yundi first fell in love with the piano; and in Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, where Yundi was filmed performing concerts and teaching a masterclass.