Claire Huangci

Piano

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Dates

22.02. 18:00
Schloss Stadthagen

Domenico Scarlatti,  Sonatas for piano K260, 13, 124, 125, 144, 454, 470, 284
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor Op. 49 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major Op. 49 No. 2
Frédéric Chopin,  Nocturne B major, Op. 9, No. 3
Frédérik Chopin,  Nocturne C minor op.48, No.1
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Franz Schubert,  Impromptu F minor, Op. 142 No. 1, D 935
Franz Schubert,  Impromptu f-Moll op.142, Nr.4, D 935

Claire Huangci, piano

23.02. 17:00
Logensaal, Biel

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor Op. 49 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major op. 2 No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major Op. 49 No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur op. 53 'Waldstein'

Claire Huangci, piano

26.02. 20:00
Zentrum Bayreuth

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances (selection)
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Préludes Op.23, No.5-7
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Préludes Op. 32, No. 4-6

Claire Huangci, piano

28.02. 20:30
Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela

Manuel de Falla,  Noches

Claire Huangci, piano
Real Filharmonía de Galicia

04.03. 19:30
Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg

Manuel de Falla,  Noches

Claire Huangci, piano
Real Filharmonía de Galicia

05.03. 20:30
Sala Filarmonica di Trento

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Robert Schumann,  Phantasie op. 17
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances No. 1-5

Claire Huangci, piano

07.03. 16:00
Församlingshemmet i Flen

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Préludes op. 32, Nr 4,5,6
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Clara Schumann,  Soirées musicales, Op. 6 (Selection)
Robert Schumann,  Phantasie op. 17

Claire Huangci, piano

08.03. 16:00
Konstakademien Stockholm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Préludes op. 32, Nr 4,5,6
***
Clara Schumann,  Soirées musicales, Op. 6 (Selection)
Robert Schumann,  Phantasie op. 17

Claire Huangci, piano

14.03. 20:00
Festhalle Viersen

Johannes Brahms,  Tragic Overture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Piano Concerto A-Major No. 23 K 488
Galina Ustwolskaja,  Poem No. 2 for orchestra
Zoltán Kodály,  Tänze aus Galanta

Claire Huangci, piano
Bochumer Symphoniker
Eva Ollikainen, conductor

15.03. 11:00
Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Johannes Brahms,  Tragic Overture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Piano Concerto A-Major No. 23 K 488
Galina Ustwolskaja,  Poem No. 2 for orchestra
Zoltán Kodály,  Tänze aus Galanta

Claire Huangci, piano
Eva Ollikainen, conductor
Bochumer Symphoniker

25.03. 19:30
Casino Bern

Felix Mendelssohn,  Doppelkonzert für Violine und Klavier d-moll

Claire Huangci, piano
Marc Bouchkov, violin
Kammerorchester Basel
Howard Griffiths, conductor

28.03. 19:30
Muri Abbey

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Klavierkonzert No. 20 d-moll, K.466

Claire Huangci, piano
Charles Dutoit, conductor

29.03. 15:30
Prinzregententheater Munich

Felix Mendelssohn,  Doppelkonzert für Violine und Klavier d-moll

Claire Huangci, piano
Marc Bouchkov, violin
Kammerorchester Basel
Howard Griffiths, conductor

03.04. 20:00
Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrad

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klavierkonzert D-dur op. 61a (Transkr. des Violinkonzerts)

Claire Huangci, piano
Howard Griffiths, conductor
Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra

05.04. 17:00
Kultur-Forum Heppenheim

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Frédéric Chopin,  Bolero c Major, Op. 19
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Preludes Op. 23, No. 1-7
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances No. 1-5

Claire Huangci, piano

08.04. 19:30
Stadthaus Winterthur

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 20 KV 466

Claire Huangci, piano
Clemens Schuldt, conductor

17.04. 19:30
Landenberghaus Greifensee

Ludwig van Beethoven,  32 Variationen über ein eigenes Thema c-Moll WoO 80
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur op. 53 'Waldstein'
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances (selection)
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninow,  10 Preludes, Op. 23
Sergej Rachmaninow,  13 Préludes, Op. 32 (Excerpt)

Claire Huangci, piano

19.04. 11:00
Aarau Kultur & Kongresshaus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Klaviertrio G-Dur KV 496
Jörg Widmann,  "Nachtstück" for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Olivier Messiaen,  Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Claire Huangci, piano
Simon Roggen, violin
Giulia Ajmone-Marsan, violoncello
Francesco Negrini, clarinet

22.04. 19:30
Stadttheater Olten

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonata for Violin and Piano G major, K 301
Maurice Ravel,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 D minor, BWV 1004
***
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Preludes (Auswahl)
César Franck,  Sonata for violin and piano in A major Op. 120

Claire Huangci, piano
Sebastian Bohren, violin

08.05. 19:00
Sala Koncertowa Filh. Łódź

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klavierkonzert D-dur op. 61a (Transkr. des Violinkonzerts)

Claire Huangci, piano
Howard Griffiths, conductor
Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra

17.05. 11:00
Liederhalle Stuttgart

Viktor Ullmann,  Piano Concerto, Op. 25

Claire Huangci, piano
Georg Fritzsch, conductor
Staatsorchester Stuttgart

18.05. 19:30
Liederhalle Stuttgart

Viktor Ullmann,  Piano Concerto, Op. 25

Claire Huangci, piano
Jonathan Nott, conductor
Staatsorchester Stuttgart

biography

If looking for characteristics of Huangci’s piano playing one finds them in her superior focus, imaginative abilities, and the resulting poetics of her interpretation.
(Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Claire Huangci, the young American pianist of Chinese descent and 2018 Geza Anda Competition first prize and Mozart prize winner, has succeeded in establishing herself as a highly respected artist, captivating audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). Her unusually diverse repertoire, in which she also takes up rarely performed works, is illustrative of her remarkable versatility.

Claire Huangci has performed in solo recitals and in partnership with international orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, RSO Vienna, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Radio’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and at international concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, la Salle Cortot, Suntory Hall Tokoyo and Franz Liszt Akademie Budapest. She has made guest appearances at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Rheingau Musik Festival.

In the 2019/20 season, the pianist makes her debut at the Lucerne Festival, Philharmonie de Paris and Festspielhaus Salzburg, returning with recitals to the Elbphilharmonie, the concert halls in Vienna and Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival and MDR Musiksommer. She also performs with the orchestras of the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Bochumer Symphoniker and the Baseler Kammerorchester as well as internationally, travelling from Scandinavia to Spain and Portugal and on to Poland, Russia, Asia, and Latin and North America.

Claire Huangci began her international career at the tender age of nine with concert performances and competitive successes. She received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and then studied under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. She especially stood out early in her artistic career as an expressive interpreter of Chopin’s music, winning first prizes at the Chopin Competitions in Darmstadt and Miami in 2009 and 2010. She also became the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2011.

After recording her debut CD with solo works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and her prizewinning double album of Scarlatti sonatas (German Record Critics’ Award and Gramophone Editor’s Choice), she released highly acclaimed recordings of Chopin’s Nocturnes in 2017 and in 2018 of Rachmaninoff’s complete Préludes: "Numerous songs without words unfold here […]. Everything becomes part of a narrative flow that at the same time perfectly captures Rachmaninoff’s creative essence and intentions" (Marco Frei, Piano News). Following recordings of Beethoven's violin concerto in the piano version and Fantasia for piano and orchestra by Schubert / Kabalewski with the RSO Vienna, her first orchestral album with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken under Shiyeon Sung was released in autumn 2019: this recording of the early piano concertos by Chopin and Paderewski shines with a dynamic, youthful energy on both beloved and lesser-known works.

2019/2020 season

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reviews

[Claire Huangci’s] piano skills are just as astoundingly sophisticated and deeply felt as her stylistic sensibilities.
Musik und Theater, Werner Pfister, January/February 2020, on the Paderewski-Chopin Orchestra CD

In the rising cadenza [in the first movement of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 53], [Claire Huangci] brings the kind of depth of virtuosity that makes a good pianist outstanding.
Luzerner Zeitung, Roman Kühne, 4/01/2020

[Claire Huangci] gives an arc to her interpretation of the four pieces [of Schubert's Impromptus op. 142]. Distinguished, delicate, in a flowing melodic current, full of dramatic shading and expressive modulations.
Schwäbische Zeitung, Gerd Kurat, 1/9/2019

Stylistic idiosyncrasies are addressed with a subtle but never intrusive meticulousness, and overall [Claire Huangci] proves to be a lively musical draftswoman who, with a clever pianistic sense of proportion, is able to give each piece its characteristic form.
Musik und Theater, Werner Pfister, May/June 2019 edition, about Rachmaninoff CD

Bringing equal measures of elegance and athleticism to the keyboard, Huangci proved herself every bit the “rock star” that Liszt himself was. […] Huangci’s strength, stamina, technique, and expressive power were absolutely jaw-dropping.
Masslive.com, Clifton Noble Jr., 24/3/2019

Her performance of [Rachmaninoff] Préludes is brilliant, clear, and flowing, with a remarkable sense of polyphonic structures while at the same time poetic and dynamic in the tonal qualities.
Pianist, first edition 2019, Mario-Felix Vogt, 15/3/2019

If looking for characteristics of Huangci’s piano playing […] one finds them in her superior focus, imaginative abilities, and the resulting poetics of her interpretation.
NZZ, Thomas Schacher, 2/3/2019

Numerous songs without words unfold here […]. Everything becomes part of a narrative flow that at the same time perfectly captures Rachmaninoff’s creative essence and intentions […]: absolutely worth a listen.
Piano News, Marco Frei, January 2019

Huangci plays [Beethoven's Piano Cpncerto Op. 61a] with bell-clear precision [...]. The first movement comes along singing and sparkling, exquisitely delicate in certain moments, woven into the orchestra, and then returning with breathtaking virtuosity and incredibly precise trills at a nearly inconceivable tempo [...] free of pathos and affectation.
Bochumer Zeitung Online, 9/12/2018

Her Schubert has lyrical grace and extroverted power, compelling effects and soft vocalism. […] Schubert has rarely been heard so thrilling, so modern, so replete with tension.
Badische Zeitung, Roswitha Frey, 27/11/2018 

Claire Huangci´s fine and delicate virtuosity, well-rounded emotionality, and elegant shaping let these gems of the piano repertoire shine with a harmonious lightness. Rachmaninov is seldom played so empathically and lucidly.
BR Klassik Online, Michael Schmidt, 13/11/2018

[In the recording of all préludes by Sergej Rachmaninow Claire Huangci] has managed a wonderfully balanced dramaturgy of eruptive features and contemplative pausing - calmly and without big gestures, but decidedly pointed.
Frankfurter Journal, Cited as a Top 1 CD release, October 2018

Claire Huangci’s fanciful, highly intimate and refined playing [captures] the Shakespearean summer night magic and takes works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Chopin on a magical journey.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stephan Schwarz-Peters, 9/7/2018

In [Huangci’s] interpretation, Beethoven's Opus 61a became the perfect addition to his "official" piano concertos.
Fono Forum, Thomas Schulz, July 2018

Her Mozart Concerto was captivating, a flawless performance with lively, sparkling runs, and an abundance of musical ideas.
SRF, Moritz Weber, 13/6/2018

A whirlwind at the keyboard with an immense enthusiasm for playing, the pianist has also developed a musicality and a colour-rich tone, which, along with her apparent technical ease, is merely a springboard for a wholly individual musical conception.
Rondo, Christoph Forsthoff, February 2018

In Claire Huangci’s playing, the flow of the music does not run away with itself or become arbitrary, but rather remains intensely alert: her attack is delicate yet distinct. (…) Claire Huangci follows the poetry of the cycle sensitively, taking care to differentiate the polyphonic voices. Irresistible yet always considerate and alert, Claire Huangci lets herself become captured by the magic of [Chopin’s] music.
PianoNews, Hans-Dieter Grünefeld, September 2017

She’s aware of the importance of Chopin’s Classical side and there are many instances where she favours restraint over cheap emoting, which is much to the good. There’s also a real range of interpretation, which makes the set consistently appealing. (…) One of the most impressive readings here is of the C minor Nocturne, Op 48 No 1, in which an innate solemnity grows to extraordinary depths in Huangci’s hands. (…). An impressive addition to the Chopin catalogue from a pianist from whom I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more.
Gramophone, Harriet Smith, July 2017, on the Chopin-CD

Huangci plays Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel op. 24 accurately, precisely, virtuosically, and from time to time shrewdly accentuated, with an expansive tone that is never applied too thickly.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Andreas Pernpeintner, 9/4/2017

Do we need another recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes? Not really! But when one hears this brand new double-CD from Claire Huangci, which comes out on 5th May, the answer is yes!
Süddeutsche Zeitung, CD-Tipp, 6/4/2017

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Orchestral repertoire

J. S. Bach Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
C. Baker From Noon to Starry Night, Concerto for Piano and Chamber
Orchestra
B. Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major Sz. 119, BB 127
L. v. Beethoven Piano Concertos
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"
No. 6 in G major, Op. 61a
Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80
Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56
L. Bernstein Symphony No. 2 'The Age of Anxiety' for piano and orchestra
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recital programmes

Programme I

Mozart Sonata No. 13 in B Major, K. 333
Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 35
Schubert Piano Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894
or
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
or
Rachmaninov Preludes

Programme II

Bach Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911 
Mendelssohn Fantasy in F Sharp Minor, Op. 28 'Sonate écossaise'
Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Liszt/Wagner Tannhäuser Overture

Programme III

Corigliano Etude-Fantasy
or
Rochberg Variations
Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Hungarian Dances (Selections)
Ravel Tombeau de Couperin
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Programme Quartet

Claire Huangci (piano), Solenne Paidassi (violin), Adrien Boisseau (viola), Tristan Cornut (cello)
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15
Chausson Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30
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discography

Paderewski & Chopin: Piano Concertos

Paderewski & Chopin: Piano Concertos

Claire Huangci
Berlin Classics, B07T4RYMLT, 2019

CR_Berlin Classics

Rachmaninov Preludes

Claire Huangci
Berlin Classics, 0301075BC, 2018

CH Berlin Classics

A Chopin Diary

The Complete Nocturnes
Berlin Classics, 0300905BC, 2017

Claire Huangci

Claire Huangci · Domenico Scarlatti

Piano Sonatas
Berlin Classics, 885470006031, 2015

Claire Huangci

The Sleeping Beauty

Works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev
Berlin Classics, 885470005621, 2013

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