Like so many other kids, George Li began piano lessons at age 4. Though it soon was clear he had a special gift, for years, it was just a hobby.
One day at age 11, while performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, the Boston native had an epiphany.
“All of a sudden, in the middle of the performance I felt different,” he said in a 2018 interview with National Public Radio . “I was kind of transported in some other reality. And I felt all these emotions within the...