Timeless Classic: A Chat With Li Yundi

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August 14, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

The Chinese pianist shares his favourite things

Photo: Courtesy of Rolex

Coming from a non-musical family, the Chongqing-born pianist Li Yundi was the youngest ever and first Chinese to win the Chopin International Piano Competition and became an international sensation since.

We sat down for a chat with the Chinese superstar to talk about his passion and the only thing he’d wear on his wrist.

When did you start playing the piano?

I started playing the piano when I was seven. By the age of eight, I only wanted to be a pianist—even though I didn’t know what this really meant.

Li Yundi's favourite watch Rolex Daytona (Photo: Courtesy of Rolex)

Do you have a favourite watch? What’s the story?

My all-time favourite is the Rolex Daytona. The first watch I bought for myself was a Rolex and now I own several of them and haven’t considered any other brand since.

What is your favourite time of day?

8pm to 10pm. It’s when piano performances are usually held and I am most energetic during this period.

Li Yundi talks about his passion for music and watch of choice. (Photo: Courtesy of Rolex)

Your favourite city?

Each city has its own charm, but I always think about my hometown Chongqing.

Your guilty pleasure?

Having food late at night. I don’t eat anything before a concert, and they always finish late. Although it’s not very healthy, I have no choice.

Where do you want to live in the future?

My dream address would be in a city near the sea or a river.

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