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It is my intention to make music that stays in one’s memory not just because I had quick fingers but because it was so moving. Claire Huangci
Over the years, the young American pianist of Chinese descent has succeeded in establishing herself as a highly respected artist, leaving behind her role of the celebrated child prodigy who once gave a private concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten).
Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with grants, concert performances and prizes – most recently she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition (2011). Only in her later teenage years did she finally feel more and more that this instrument was to be her vocation. She received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia before studying under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since spring 2016.
Chopin’s music gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. She has since proved her great versatility with an unusually broad repertoire, which includes a large number of contemporary works. Claire Huangci has performed in solo recitals and as a partner with international orchestras such as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (under Sir Roger Norrington), Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies at international concert venues that include Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, la Salle Cortot, Oji Hall Tokyo and the Symphony Hall in Osaka. She has also made guest appearances at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival.
Her debut CD, which was released in 2013 featuring recordings of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on the Berlin Classics label, earned widespread praise. A second solo album was released on the same label in 2015 showcasing sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, for which the pianist selected 39 of the 555 sonatas and presented them in Baroque suites and classical sonatas. In so doing, she illustrates Scarlatti's transition through music history. The recording was awarded the German Record Critics' Award and “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine: “This is Scarlatti artistry of the highest order. (…) It’s gratifying to have followed Huangci’s progression from a 16-year-old prodigy to a 25-year-old artist poised for greatness”.
This concerto (Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2) sets a gauntlet of versatility, which Claire Huangci ran with apparent effortlessness. (…) Claire Huangci (…) is working on a piano sound for which she will become well known.
Neue Westfälische Paderborn, Ulla Meyer, 07/10/2016
With distinct accentuations and superior technique, Huangci confirmed her reputation as one of the most expressive Chopin interpreters of her generation.
Südkurier, Gerd Kurat, 04/08/2016
This is Scarlatti artistry of the highest order. (…) It’s gratifying to have followed Huangci’s progression from a 16-year-old prodigy to a 25-year-old artist poised for greatness.
Gramophone, Jed Distler, 17/08/2015
She certainly is brilliant but what is particularly impressive is the feeling of ease that she exudes while playing. Her subtle flair for dynamics, nuanced rhythms and intonation help her in Scarlatti’s playful baroque sonatas.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Ekaterina Kel, 15/04/2015
Glistening virtuosity and creative authority. (…) She invited the audience to interact alertly with the piece because she did not thunder through it but offered subtle nuances and sensitive sound dramaturgy. The pianist drew on her stupendous technical skills for this energetic, brilliantly balanced playing, which had a sense for overview, logic and precise attention to detail: the ideal “picture” of a Tchaikovsky interpretation.
Salzburger Nachrichten, 10/11/2014
Here Claire Huangci proved she is more than an extremely expressive musician who, despite her young age, creates from within an unbelievable calm and depth, making nuances audible. With an exquisite sense of sound, intimate and technically impeccable, she shines in rapid passages and yet always glides into narrations with depth of soul. (…) For this Mozart interpreter the long phrases and natural flow of the music are much more important.
Solothurner Zeitung, Silvia Rietz, 02/02/2015
The pianist understands brilliantly (...) how to make the changing characters lively and suggestive. Rarely did Scarlatti sound so fresh and experimentally modern.
Musik und theater, Attila Csampai, September 2015
|BACH||Piano concerto in D minor BWV 1052|
|BARTÓK||Piano concerto No. 3 in E Major Sz. 119, BB 127|
|No. 1 in C major Op. 15|
|No. 2 In B-flat major, Op. 19|
|No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37|
|No. 4 in G major, Op. 58|
|No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor Concerto"|
|Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80|
|Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56|
|CHOPIN||Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21|
|FRANCK||Symphonic Variations, M. 46|
|GERSHWIN||Rhapsody in Blue|
|Piano Concerto in F major|
|GRIEG||Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16|
|HAYDN||Piano Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII: 2|
|Piano Concerto in G major, Hob.|
|LISZT||Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S. 124|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125|
|Hungarian Fantasy in E najor for piano and orchestra|
|Totentanz (Dance of death), S. 126|
|MEIJERING||ISIS - Concerto for piano and orchestra|
|MENDELSSOHN||Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 2|
|No. 9 in E-flat major KV 271 "Jeune homme"|
|No. 13 in C major KV 415|
|No. 17 in G major, KV 453|
|No. 18 in B major, KV 456|
|No. 19 in F major, KV 459|
|No. 20 in D minor, KV 466|
|No. 21 in C major, KV 488|
|No. 24 in C minor, KV 491|
|No. 26 in D major, KV 537|
|No. 27 in B major, KV 595|
|Rondo D major KV 382|
|POULENC||Concerto for two pianos, in D minor FP 61|
|No. 1 in D-flat major, Op. 10|
|No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16|
|No. 3 in C major, Op. 53 (for the left hand)|
|No. 5 in G major, Op. 55|
|RACHMANINOFF||Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18|
|Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30|
|Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, in A minor, Op. 43|
|RAVEL||Piano Concerto in G major|
|Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)|
|SCRIABIN||Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20|
|SCHUMANN||Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54|
|SAINT-SAENS||Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, OP. 22|
|Rhapsodie d'Auvergne Op. 73|
|SHOSTAKOVICH||Piano Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet and string orchestra in C minor, Op. 35|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102|
|R. STRAUSS||The Burleske in D minor|
|STRAVINSKY||Capriccio for piano and orchestra|
|TSCHAIKOVSKY||Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44|
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|SCARLATTI||A minor Sonata|
|MOZART||Rondo in A minor|
|MOZART||Sonata K310 in A minor|
|SCARLATTI||G major Suite|
|SCARLATTI||Suite in G major K13, K124, K125, K454, K144, K470, K284|
|SCHUBERT||Impromptus Op. 142, nos 1 and 4|
|MOZART/LISZT||Reminiscences de Don Juan|
|BEETHOVEN||Les Adieux sonata or Tempest|
Domenico Scarlatti, piano sonatas
Berlin Classics - Edel AG, 885470006031, 2015
Sleeping Beauty - Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky; Serguei Prokofiev
Berlin Classics - Edel AG, 885470005621, 2013