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Irish Independant Q&A with Yundi Li

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Passion, sacrifice and dedication. These have been the tenets of Yundi Li's life. Ciara Dwyer met the Chinese pianist in London who told her how he became a classical superstar. The 33-year-old Chinese pianist utters this is in a very matter-of-fact fashion; such was his norm. From a Western perspective it's easy to forget these strictures, which began in 1979 and only ended last year. You wonder how much his being an only child played a part in him becoming the classical superstar he is today. His parents spotted that their son had a talent. And so, they did everything within their means - and way beyond them - to help him achieve his potential. All the while, they didn't want to put undue pressure on him. It was a tricky balancing act.

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