Claire Huangci



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01.07. 19:30
Wartburg, Eisenach

Domenico Scarlatti,  Suite in G major
Frédérik Chopin,  Nocturne C minor op.48, No.1
Frédérik Chopin,  Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante
Sergej Prokofjew,  Romeo und Julia Suite
Franz Liszt,  Fantasy on themes from Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni by Mozart

Claire Huangci, piano

02.07. 20:15
Church Boswil

Modest Mussorgski,  Pictures at an Exhibition

Claire Huangci, piano

16.07. 19:30
Ware Center Lancaster

Domenico Scarlatti,  Four sonatas k443 208 29 435 for piano solo
Johannes Brahms,  Variations on a Haendel-Theme op. 24
Sergej Rachmaninoff,  3 Preludes op. 32 for piano solo
Modest Mussorgski,  Pictures at an Exhibition

Claire Huangci, piano

19.07. 20:00
The Breakers, Newport

Works by Bach, Chopin, Britten, Scarlatti, Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Pasculli

Claire Huangci, piano
Cristina Gomez Godoy, oboe

23.07. 18:00
Bennett Gordon Hall Ravinia

Works by Bach, Chopin, Britten, Saint-Saëns and Pasculli

Claire Huangci, piano
Cristina Gomez Godoy, oboe


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”.

2016/2017 season

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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 recording

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 recording

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

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

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Orchestral repertoire

BACH Piano concerto in D minor BWV 1052
BARTÓK Piano concerto No. 3 in E Major Sz. 119, BB 127
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"
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
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recital programmes

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
SCARLATTI                            Sonatas (selection)
BEETHOVEN Les Adieux sonata or Tempest
CHOPIN 24 Préludes
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media centre

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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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