Claire Huangci



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13.09. 20:00
Konzerthaus Berlin

Domenico Scarlatti,  Sonatas for piano K260, 13, 124, 125, 144, 454, 470, 284
Franz Schubert,  Impromptus, Op. 142
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Preludes Op. 23, No. 1-7

Claire Huangci, piano

15.09. 17:00

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 C Minor, Op. 30/2
Maurice Ravel,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major
Camille Saint-Saens,  Introduktion und Rondo Capriccioso
Camille Saint-Saens,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 D Minor op. 75

Claire Huangci, piano
Solenne Paidassi, violin

20.09. 21:00
Casa da Música Porto

Clara Schumann,  Concert for piano and orchestra in A minor, Op. 7

Claire Huangci, piano
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica
Elena Schwarz, conductor

26.09. 19:30
Philharmonie Hradec Králové

Sergej Prokofjew,  Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16

Claire Huangci, piano
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor

27.09. 19:30
Alte Kesselschmiede

Domenico Scarlatti,  Four sonatas k443 208 29 435 for piano solo
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances (selection)
Friedrich Gulda,  Aria
Nikolai Kapustin,  Etude, Op. 40 No. 1 "Prelude"
Nikolai Kapustin,  Toccatina, Op. 40/3
Friedrich Gulda,  Toccata (for piano)

Claire Huangci, piano

05.10. 20:30
Tiroler Festspiele, Erl

Frédéric Chopin,  Nocturnes op. 9
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23
Frédéric Chopin,  24 Préludes op. 28

Claire Huangci, piano

12.10. 18:30
Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Dragon Forum

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 C Minor, Op. 30/2
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Trio Op.70 No.1 D Major
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur op. 53 'Waldstein'

Claire Huangci, piano
Christian Poltera, violoncello
Lara Boschkor, violin
Stojan Krukuleski, clarinet

13.10. 11:00
Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Dragon Forum

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 26 Es-Dur op. 81a 'Les Adieux - Der Abschied'
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Trio B major, Op.11 'Gassenhauer'

Claire Huangci, piano
Christian Poltera, violoncello
Lara Boschkor, violin
Stojan Krukuleski, clarinet

17.10. 19:00
Tonhallen Sundsvall

Joseph Boulogne,  L'amant anonyme ouverture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Piano Concerto A-Major No. 23 K 488
Anna Thorvaldsdottir,  Streaming Arhytmia
Arnold Schönberg,  Kammersinfonie Nr. 1 op. 9

Claire Huangci, piano
Nordic Chamber Orchestra Sundsvall
Eva Ollikainen, conductor

18.10. 19:00
k. A.

Joseph Boulogne,  L'amant anonyme ouverture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Piano Concerto A-Major No. 23 K 488
Anna Thorvaldsdottir,  Streaming Arhytmia
Arnold Schönberg,  Kammersinfonie Nr. 1 op. 9

Claire Huangci, piano
Nordic Chamber Orchestra Sundsvall
Eva Ollikainen, conductor

30.10. 12:30
Wiener Konzerthaus

Domenico Scarlatti,  Sonatas (Selection)
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances (selection)
Leonard Bernstein,  Four Sabras

Claire Huangci, piano
Peter Matić, speaker

06.11. 19:30
Stadtkirche Aarau

Felix Mendelssohn,  Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4
Franz Schubert,  Impromptu B-Dur op.142, Nr.3, D 935
Franz Schubert,  Impromptu f-Moll op.142, Nr.4, D 935
Felix Mendelssohn,  Sonata for violin and piano in F major

Claire Huangci, piano
Marc Bouchkov, violin


Claire Huangci, the child prodigy of the time, whose extraordinary virtuosity astonished the piano world earlier, has grown into a mature artist. Especially with Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, her creative interpretations are fresh and convincing.For her, creativity is mandatory. Through this, she delights and captures the imagination of her audience.
(Jury-Statement, 1st prize of the Géza Anda Competition 2018)

The young American pianist of Chinese descent, winner of the first prize and Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, 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). Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with grants, concert performances and prizes, becoming the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2011. 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 in Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since her graduation in spring 2016.

Chopin’s music gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough when she won first prizes at the Chopin Competitions in Darmstadt in 2009, as well as in Miami in 2010. 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), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe and Moscow Radio Symphonies at international concert venues that include the Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, 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 and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival.

After a busy last season with highlights including solo debuts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and a tour through China with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cornelius Meister, she beings the 18/19 season with concerts with the Bern Symphony orchestra under Mario Venzago. Further appearances will lead her to the Vienna Konzerthaus, Franz Liszt Akademie Budapest, Zurich Tonhalle, Tokyo Suntory Hall, and Washington DC Smithsonian Institute.

After the releases of 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 a celebrating recording of the complete Chopin nocturnes in Spring 2017. “Do we need another recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes? Not really! But when one hears this brand new double-CD from Claire Huangci, the answer is yes!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Just in time for the start of the new season, Claire will release her fourth solo album with Berlin Classics/Edel featuring the complete preludes of Sergey Rachmaninov.

2018/2019 season

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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

Huangci's incredible playing technique rendered her almost invisible. In this way, she was able to highlight broader musical connections and bring overlooked persistent melodic lines [from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto in G minor] to prominence.
Westfälischer Anzeiger, Judwiga Makosz, 5/10/2018

[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

The young American woman with Chinese roots conjures – at times standing – amazing effects out of the open belly of her instrument, which she elegantly incorporates into her playing flow […]. Also remarkable is how the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist sums up the harmonic contrasts of the score of Claude Baker's piano concerto "From Noon to Starry Night".
Der Bund, Stefan Bucher, 24/9/2018

Chopin’s 24 Preludes, as played by [Claire Huangci], display an almost inexhaustible cosmos of different characters: sometimes shimmering and flighty, sometimes spherical-supernatural […] she brought these nuances, which often last mere seconds, to life.
General-Anzeiger Bonn, Guido Krawinkel, 14/7/2018

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

She [Claire Huangci] mastered Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with a performance that was full of character and measured forcefulness, and won the competition.
Neue Züricher Zeitung, Christian Berzins, 17/6/2018

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, Februar 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

There are not too many complete recordings of Chopin’s Nocturnes – Claire Huangci’s offers a totally unique view and is absolutely worth a listen for her lyrical and serious attitude.
Radio Bremen, Wilfried Schäper, 29/5/2017 on the Chopin-CD

This is not a dreamy quasi-improvisation or playful salon music, and neither does the interpretation go after gut feeling. On the contrary, this is an extremely clear and pure recording with gravitas, significance and considerable appeal which certainly must be taken seriously.
Pizzicato, Remy Franck, 22/5/2017, on the Chopin-CD

It is more than simply worth a listen! (...) Throughout the consistent tranquility, she knows to distinguish between naturalness of expression on the one hand and emotive languorousness and passion on the other.
Rondo, Guido Fischer, 13/05/2017

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

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

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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
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


Debussy Préludes Book 1
L'Ilse Joyeuse
Chopin 24 Préludes, Op. 28
Rachmaninoff Préludes, Op. 23 or Op. 32


Beethoven Rondo a Capriccio in G major, Op. 129
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor
Schubert Piano Sonata A major, D 959 or Impromptus, Op.142

Nocturnes and Fantasies

Scarlatti 4 Sonatas (Selection)
Schubert Wanderer Fantasy
Chopin Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 1
Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 2
Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 or Fantasy, Op. 17

Pictures at an exibition

Bach Italian Concert F major BWV 971
Clementi Sonata in B minor, Op. 40
Prokofieff Romeo and Juliet (Selection)
Mussorgski Pictures at an Exhibition
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media centre

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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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