Pianist Yundi Li wants to raise the profile of classical music in Hong Kong by helping young musicians. 'I want to come to Hong Kong more than once a year to share my knowledge and experience with children and music students here,' said the 24-year-old, who was in town last weekend, promoting his first piano concerto recording, Chopin/Liszt Piano Concerto No1. The Chongqing-born pianist (right), who won top prize at the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000, said he has no concrete plans at the moment, but wants to introduce more fine music to local audiences. Li is currently touring Japan and will return to Germany for a concert series before embarking on his first mainland tour in three years. 'It'll be different from my previous performances on the mainland. I have new angles and thoughts in playing different pieces,' he said. Li said his studies at the Hanover Conservatory of Music have brought him closer to great composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Schumann. 'Although they're not in the world any more, their music is still influencing the entire world. You can feel their influences everywhere in Europe. It's a closer connection, spiritually,' he said. Li admits to feeling the pressure when first performing in Europe. 'But after I'd learned more about the European audience, the pressure was gone. European audiences are very objective, they will really appreciate you if you perform very well, but they won't express it passionately like an American audience.' On his new CD, recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and British conductor Andrew Davis in London, Li plays concertos by his two favourite Romantic-era composers. 'These two pieces are influential and many legendary pianists performed them before,' he said. 'Although I've played them over a long time, the pieces were not what I studied in the past few years. 'I think I now have a new interpretation and more profound feelings towards the pieces, so I wanted to record that.'