Alice Li (she/her) is a Saskatoon-based pianist in her third year of Psychology and Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2016, she has been a piano student of Bonnie Nicholson. Alice is the recipient of numerous accolades at provincial and national levels, including 3rd place and the Marek Jablonski award for the best Chopin interpretation at the 2019 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association (CFMTA) Biennial National Piano competition, 1st place at the 2018 Gordon C. Wallis Competition, 2nd place in the Shurniak Concerto Competition, and 3rd place in the 2019 Kinsmen Competition (Saskatoon Music Festival – Piano), among numerous other city and provincial awards. Alice holds an ARCT diploma (Piano Performance) with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Alice has worked with instrumentalists and choirs, as a collaborative pianistnd plays for the Saskatoon Strings. Her summer ventures have include the Orford Musique Summer Academy in Quebec, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in Newfoundland, and the Academy for Voice and Piano in Saskatoon. Alice has performed in masterclasses for esteemed artists such as Jan Lisiecki, John Perry, and Ian Parker.

Alice is the recipient of various academic and research-based awards – Most notably, George and Marsha Ivany President’s scholarship, the highest offered undergraduate scholarship from the University of Saskatchewan. Aside from piano, Alice enjoys singing in the Greystone Singers, helping at community initiatives, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

 

Canadian Musical Diversity

Born in 1899 (Russia), Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté immigrated to Canada in 1920, where her husband directed the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This connection to visual art undoubtedly influenced her writing, as the fourth sonata can be likened to an eclectically organized art display -- where distorted images are unapologetically placed beside paintings of lush scenery. In many ways, this composition embodies the dynamic composition style Eckhardt-Grammatté pioneered in the prairies, resiliently diverse in a political climate neglectful of female artists. Beyond her catalogue of 175+ works, Eckhardt-Grammatté’s legacy lives on in the Eckhardt-Grammatté competition, honouring her lifelong wish of promoting Canadian contemporary music.

 

Semi-Final 
 Prelude and Fugue in e-flat minor BWV 853 Johann Sebastian Bach
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat Major, Opus  22 Frédéric Chopin
 Piano Sonata No. 4, E 68, ("Befreite") Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté
I. Allegro agitato e con fuoco
Final
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob XVI: 52 No. 62 Franz Joseph Haydn
Vallée d’Obermann Franz Liszt