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Claire Huangci – Piano

‚ÄúSparkling virtuosity, sovereign artistry, alert interaction and a sophisticated sense of musical drama‚ÄĚ ‚Äď that is how the daily ‚ÄúSalzburger Nachrichten‚ÄĚ describes the piano-playing of the American pianist Claire Huangci.

Since her much-noticed début CD with Russian music in 2013, she has been considered to be one of the most interesting pianists around. She recently made even more of a stir when she not only scored a decisive victory in Zurich at the famous Concours Géza Anda, one of the most demanding piano competitions in the world, but also received the Mozart Prize of the Musikollegium Winterthur.
For Claire Huangci herself, it is important ‚Äúto make music that stays in one‚Äôs memory not just because I had quick fingers but because it was so moving.‚ÄĚ

Claire Huangci was born in Rochester (New York) in 1990 as the child of two scientists. For her sixth birthday, her parents gave her a grand piano, from which she was soon no longer to be separated. She received her first piano lessons at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. At the age of just eight, she won the gold medal at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati in the Young Artists’ Division and was given the chance to perform in the prize-winners’ concert as soloist with orchestra. After finishing her studies at the famous Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, in 2007 she went on to study in Hanover in the class of the legendary Israeli pianist Arie Vardi, who taught pianists including Martin Helmchen, Silvan Silver, Gil Garburg and Boris Giltburg. In 2011, as the youngest participant, she won the second prize at the ARD International Music Competition, and in 2016 she concluded her studies in Hanover.

In September 2018, Claire Huangci is releasing another brilliant album with works by Rachmaninov on the label Berlin Classics, for which she has already recorded Scarlatti Sonatas (2015) and Chopin Nocturnes (2017).

Her concert programme for the current 18/19 season clearly shows that although she has a predilection for works from Russia, she certainly does not tie herself down or limit herself because of it. With a widely varied spectrum of repertoire, she once more proves that she is an extremely versatile and flexible artist who is always able to draw new impulses from the broad range of works she plays to propel

> in collaboration with Hasko Witte ‚Äď B√ľro f√ľr K√ľnstler (Rachmaninow Album/ Berlin Classics)

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