China: famous pianist Li Yundi arrested in Beijing

Australian singer Kylie Minogue with Chinese pianist Yundi Li during the 2011 Elite Model Look competition in Shanghai, China on December 6, 2011. © AP

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Li Yundi, a renowned pianist, was arrested by the police in Beijing, according to the Chinese press.

He would be suspected of seeing a prostitute, a reason that is enough to interrupt a career in a context of repression of the entertainment world. 


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With our correspondent in Beijing,

Stéphane Lagarde

Yundi Li, representing China, candidate 49

” of the prestigious

Chopin competition.

Bow tie, tuxedo, patent shoes and fingers running on ivory.

Li Yundi was then 18 years old.

The young prodigy born in Chongqing in southern China moves the piano planet by winning the prestigious Warsaw Prize.

It was almost 21 years ago to the day.

A campaign of "rectification"

Today, the music is not the same and the pianist is entitled to a lesson in morals.

As always, public security first played guessing games.

The police initially content themselves with posting a keyboard photo on their Weibo account with the caption: "

The world is not black and white, you should never be wrong (...) better to keep a low profile


It was the state press, including the

People's Daily, 

which confirmed

Li's arrest on

Monday, October 18, along with a 29-year-old woman.

The association of an alleged prostitute could suspend, see break the career of the artist.


the world of cinema

, it is indeed music and entertainment that are targeted by the “



demanding “

exemplary behavior 

” from celebrities 


Last summer,

pop singer Kris Wu

was arrested and charged with rape.

He has always been in detention.


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