Claire Huangci

Piano

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Dates

01.11. 11:00
Church Boswil

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Streichquartett op. 18 Nr. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Quintett Es-Dur für Ob, Kl, Fg, Hn, Kla, op. 16

Claire Huangci, piano

01.11. 15:00
Church Boswil

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Mondscheinsonate op. 27 Nr. 2 cis-Moll
Ludwig van Beethoven,  An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98
Anton Eberl,  Toccata in C Minor, Op. 46, for piano
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 3 „Eroica“ E-flat major Op. 55, for piano quintet (1803)

Claire Huangci, piano

01.11. 19:00
Church Boswil

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 26 Es-Dur op. 81a 'Les Adieux - Der Abschied'
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Streichquintett in c-moll, Op. 104 (arrangiert für Klaviertrio Op.1 No.3)
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arrangements of Scottish Folk Songs
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 16 in F major op. 135
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Letzter musikalischer Gedanke (Last Musical Thought), WoO 62 (Piano)

Claire Huangci, piano

05.11. 19:30
Frauenthal Center

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Concerto No. 5 E-flat major, Op. 73

Claire Huangci, piano
Scott Speck, conductor
West Michigan Symphony Orchestra

21.11. 19:30 — cancelled
Konservatorium Zürich

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet in F major, Op. 18 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Quintett Es-Dur für Ob, Kl, Fg, Hn, Kla, op. 16

Claire Huangci, piano

22.11. 19:30 — cancelled
Konservatorium Zürich

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Letzter musikalischer Gedanke (Last Musical Thought), WoO 62 (Piano)
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arrangements of Scottish Folk Songs
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Klaviersonate Nr. 26 Es-Dur op. 81a 'Les Adieux - Der Abschied'
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 16 in F major op. 135
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Streichquintett in c-moll, Op. 104 (arrangiert für Klaviertrio Op.1 No.3)

Claire Huangci, piano

27.11. 17:00 — cancelled
Congresshalle, Saarbrücken

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

Claire Huangci, piano

27.11. 20:00
Congresshalle, Saarbrücken

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

Claire Huangci, piano

01.12. 20:00
Bosco Bürger- und Kulturhaus Gauting

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Orgel-Toccata in d-Moll BWV565 (arr. F. Busoni)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.14 c-Moll KV 457
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade Nr. 4 f-moll, op. 52
Ludwig van Beethoven,  32 Variationen über ein eigenes Thema c-Moll WoO 80
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Prelude Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninow,  Preludes Op. 23, No. 1-7

Claire Huangci, piano

06.12. 11:00
Aarau Kultur & Kongresshaus

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Trio B major, Op.11 'Gassenhauer'
Walter Rabl,  Quartet for Piano, Violin, Clarinet, and Cello in E-flat major, Op.1

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

07.12. 17:30
Liederhalle Stuttgart

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

Claire Huangci, piano
Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Alondra de la Parra, conductor

09.12. 18:00
PaderHalle Paderborn

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,  Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 17
Georges Bizet,  Symphony No.1 in C major

Claire Huangci, piano
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Yves Abel, conductor

11.12. 18:30
Stadtpark Schützenhof, Herford

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,  Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 17
Georges Bizet,  Symphony No.1 in C major

Claire Huangci, piano
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Yves Abel, conductor

15.12. 18:00
Konzerthaus Detmold

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,  Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 17
Georges Bizet,  Symphony No.1 in C major

Claire Huangci, piano
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Yves Abel, conductor

20.12. 16:00
Schloss Ettlingen

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toccata BWV 910 in f sharp minor
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toccata in D Major BWV 912
Franz Schubert,  Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances No. 1-5

Claire Huangci, piano

20.12. 18:30
Schloss Ettlingen

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toccata BWV 910 in f sharp minor
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toccata in D Major BWV 912
Franz Schubert,  Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Johannes Brahms,  Hungarian Dances No. 1-5

Claire Huangci, piano

06.01. 11:00
Tiroler Festspiele, Erl

Camille Saint-Saens,  Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 g-moll
Jules Massenet,  Cendrillon-Ouverture and dances
Sergej Prokofjew,  Cinderella-Suite (arrangement)

Valentin Uryupin, conductor
Claire Huangci, piano

15.01. 20:00
Frankfurter Hof Mainz

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Toccata D-Major for harpsichord solo, BWV 912
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sonate Nr.13 B-Dur KV 333 'Linzer Sonate'
Frédérik Chopin,  Ballade Nr. 4 f-moll, op. 52
Franz Schubert,  Sonata in g-Major, Op. 78 D 994

Claire Huangci, piano

18.01. 19:30
Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen

Frédérik Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor Op. 11

Claire Huangci, piano

19.01. 19:00
Ruhrfestspielhaus, Recklinghausen

Frédérik Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor Op. 11

Claire Huangci, piano

20.01. 19:30
Konzertaula Kamen

Frédérik Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor Op. 11

Claire Huangci, piano

27.01. 20:00
Französische Kirche Murten

Sergej Prokofjew,  Sonate für Flöte und Klavier D-Dur, op. 94
Modest Mussorgski,  Pictures at an Exhibition

Claire Huangci, piano
Kaspar Zehnder, flute

29.01. 20:00
Bühnenhaus Wesel

Frédérik Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor Op. 11

Claire Huangci, piano
Neue Philharmonie Westfalen

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)

The young American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the first prize and the Mozart prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, continuously captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). With an irrepressible curiosity and penchant for unusual repertoire, she proves her versatility with a wide range in repertoire spanning from Bach and Scarlatti to Bernstein, Gulda, and Corigliano.

In solo recitals and with international orchestras, Claire has appeared in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, NCPA Beijing, Paris Philharmonie, Munich Gasteig, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and the Budapest Franc Liszt Akademie. She is a welcome guest in renowned festivals including Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Klavier Festival Ruhr. Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, ORF Radio Orchester Vienna, Vancouver Symphony, and China Philharmonic Orchestra, together with Sir Roger Norrington, Eva Ollikainen, Mario Venzago, Cornelius Meister, and Elim Chan are among her esteemed musical partners.

For an intense start of the 2020/21 season, Claire paid homage to Beethoven’s anniversary with a compelling interpretation of his Pastorale symphony arranged for solo piano by Franz Liszt, with concerts at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Rheingau Musik Festival, where her recital was recorded for T-Mobile‘s streaming platform MagentaMusik 360. After appearances as a piano duo with Alexei Volodin at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the release of a new album with her Trio Machiavelli, a major highlight in the Fall 2020 are her solo recitals at the main halls of Philharmonie Berlin and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Later in the season, a further exciting debut takes place in the „Great Performers Series“ at New York‘s Lincoln Center. Among her orchestra engagements are dates with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, she will direct concertos of Mozart and Chopin from the keyboard.

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with concert performances and competition successes. After studying with Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she moved to Germany in 2007 for further studies with Arie Vardi at the Hannover Musikhochschule, completing them with honors in 2016. Early in her artistic career, she stood out as an expressive interpreter of Chopin, winning first prizes at the Chopin competitions in Darmstadt and Miami in 2009 and 2010. She was also 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: Following recordings of Beethoven's violin concerto in the piano version and Fantasy 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. In summer of 2020, her first chamber music album was released withTrio Machiavelli, whose interpretations of Ravel trio and Chausson piano quartet proved „a wholly exhilarating debut (...) splendidly transparent, and always expressive.“ (BR Klassik).

2020/2021 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 1

Bach: Toccatas c minor BWV 911 and D major BWV 912  
Mozart: Sonata B major KV 333 
Schubert: Piano Sonata D 958 / D 959 / D 960 

Programme 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata d minor Op. 31 No. 2
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 b minor Op. 35 
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Programme 3

Corigliano: Etude-Fantasy 
Brahms: Two Rhapsodies Op. 79 / Hungarian Dances
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin 
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 

Trio Machiavelli - ith Solenne Païdassi, violin / Tristan Cornut, cello

Debussy: Piano Trio G major
Tschaikowsky: Piano Trio a minor Op. 50
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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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