This 11-year-old violinist’s talent is moving people to tears, and we can understand why

5 October 2020, 16:22 | Updated: 6 October 2020, 15:54

By Kyle Macdonald

Australian violinist Christian Li is something very, very special. Watch the video above to see why...

Last year, 10-year-old violinist Christian Li made history by becoming the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Competition, sharing the first place honours in the junior finals with Chloe Chua from Singapore.

A year after his competition triumph, Christian came to the UK to perform concerts at the Gower Festival, the Harrogate International Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival. According to reports, audience members at the Cheltenham Music Festival were moved to tears by his playing.

While he was in the country, we met with Christian in London and he played us an incredible arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne with pianist Gordon Back.

What a talent he is.

Most recently, Christian has lent his talents to the new Disney Goes Classical album, playing a magical violin arrangement of ‘Let it Go’ From Frozen.

He told Classic FM: “I’ve always loved watching Disney movies – they are full of joy, colours and imagination!

Frozen is actually one of my favourite movies so recording ‘Let It Go’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was a wonderful opportunity and so much fun. I hope you will enjoy it, too!”

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Li - Let It Go (From "Frozen")

Christian is a phenomenal talent, but also a lovely, friendly young man. When we met with him, he told us how he loved touring London’s museums with his family (the Science Museum was his favourite).

We also treated Christian to a tour of Classic FM and popped in the studio to meet John Suchet! We can’t wait to hear more music from this incredible young player.