Claire Huangci

Claire Huangci #3Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, billed a prodigy and playing in a concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. 

 Since then, she has been awarded many grants and won several prizes including winning second prize at the 2011 ARD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION in Munich, its youngest competitor at only twenty-one years of age.

 With a particular affinity for the music of Chopin, she has also been awarded first prize at the 2009 INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN COMPETITION in Darmstadt, Germany and first and Special Prize at the 2010 INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN COMPETITION in Miami.  She is now regarded as one of the leading Chopin interpreters of her generation.

She is a graduate of the CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC in Philadelphia where she studied with Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff and of the MUSIKHOCHSCHULE in Hanover where she has studied with Arie Vardi since 2007.

Claire Huangci is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist by such leading orchestras as the ESSEN PHILHARMONIC, the STUTTGART RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA for performances conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, the BERLIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the MUNICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the CHINA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, the GERMAN RADIO PHILHARMONIC SAARBRUCKEN, the INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY, the SANTA FE SYMPHONY, the MOSCOW RADIO SYMPHONY and the ISTANBUL STATE SYMPHONY.  Highlights of her 2010/2011 concert season included solo appearances with the CANNES ORCHESTRE, the BRANDENBURGISCHES STAATSORCHESTER FRANKFURT, with ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE KANAZAWA, and a European tour with the ANIMATO STIFTUNG ORCHESTRA conducted by Howard Griffiths.

She has performed in concerts at CARNEGIE HALL, the TONHALLE ZURICH, at the LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS, the SALLE CORTOT in Paris, OJI HALL in Tokyo and at SYMPHONY HALL in Osaka.  Since 2011 she has appeared in recitals as part of the MUNICH GASTEIG WINNERS & MASTERS SERIES, at TIVOLI HALL in Copenhagen and the BERLIN KONZERTHAUS.

She is regularly presented in the programs of the KISSINGER SOMMER FESTIVAL, the VERBIER FESTIVAL, the LODZ RUBENSTEIN FESTIVAL, the MENUHIN FESTIVAL in Gstaad and also at the SOMMETS MUSICAUX DE GSTAAD, the MOZARTFEST in Wurzburg and the SCHWETZINGER FESTSPIELE.  Her festival appearances since 2011 include the RAVINIA FESTIVAL, the PARIS SOLISTES SERRES AUTEIL FESTIVAL and the FLANDERS FESTIVAL in Ghent.

 She has also made recital tours, during the past two concert seasons, of Japan and the USA.

 Her solo debut recording of piano transcriptions by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev was released on the BERLIN CLASSICS label in 2013.

 Claire Huangci’s engagements during 2014 included the Ravel PIANO CONCERTO IN D MAJOR and the Prokofiev PIANO CONCERTO NO.1 with the SYMPHONIEORCHESTER VORALBERG, under the direction of Gerard Korsten in performances at the BREGENZ FESTSPIELHAUS, the world-premiere of Meijering’s PIANO CONCERTO “ISIS”, under Martin Lukas Meister with the STAATSORCHESTER DARMSTADT, Gershwin’s RHAPSODY IN BLUE with conductor, Evan Christ and the PHILHARMONISCHES ORCHESTER COTTBUS in Germany and Chopin’s PIANO CONCERTO NO.1 with the ZAGREB SOLOISTS.  She also appeared in the SAKIP SABANCI MUSEUM’s concert series in Istanbul.

Concerto engagements during 2015 will see her perform with the BIEL SINFONIE ORCHESTER in Switzerland, the GEORGE ENESCU PHILHARMONIC in Bucharest, in Germany with the SUDWESTDEUSCHES PHILHARMONIE, the COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in the USA and the WUHAN PHILHARMONIC in China.  She will give recitals in the programs of the RHEINGAU MUSIC FESTIVAL, MDR MUSIKSOMMER and the SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN MUSIC FESTIVAL and will release the second volume of her BERLIN CLASSICS recording of Scarlatti sonatas.

During 2016 Claire Huangci‘s performances included solo recitals in the VIENNA KONZERHAUS, in the CHRISTOPHORI SALON in Berlin and in the MECHELIN SALONS VAN DIJCK series in Belgium and an extensive tour as soloist in the Lizst PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 and Mendelssohn’s PIANO CONCERTO NO.1 with the NORDWESTDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE ORCHESTER under conductors, Ken David Masur and Yves Abel.

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