fredag 22. oktober 2021

Li Yundi: China's 'Piano Prince' detained for hiring prostitute

Celebrated Chinese pianist Li Yundi has been detained for soliciting a prostitute, state media said. A 39-year-old and a sex worker, 29, have confessed to the illegal activity, Beijing police said in an online post. They were caught after authorities received tip-offs from the public. While the police did not publish his full name in the notice, state media outlets later confirmed it to be Li.

The news has shocked many fans of the man known as China's "Piano Prince". At just 18, Li became the youngest pianist - and the first Chinese person - to win first prize at the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000. He has gone on to perform all around the world and is a household name in the Chinese speaking world. "Oh my god, I can't believe it. Is this really the same Li Yundi that we admire so much?", one person wrote on the Twitter-like platform Weibo.