Claire Huangci
Territories : France + Monaco

Claire Huangci

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Territories : France + Monaco

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Biography of pianist Claire Huangci

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

Claire Huangci recently won the Concours Geza Anda 2018, where, in addition to 1st prize, she also received the Mozart Prize, supported by the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Over the years, the young American pianist of Chinese descent 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. 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 in Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since 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. The highlight of the 2017/18 season was her recital debut at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie; she will also went on major tours to China with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Cornelius Meister (performing Schubert and Kabalewsky) and to Sweden with the Nordlands Operan Symphony under Elim Chan.

She released her second solo album on the Berlin Classics label in 2015, following her debut CD of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. For this recording the pianist selected 39 of Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 sonatas, some of which are in Baroque suite form, and some of which look ahead to the classical sonata. In doing so, she illustrates Scarlatti's transition through music history. The recording was awarded the German Record Critics' Award and was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine. In spring 2017, she released a celebrated recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes, about which the Süddeutsche Zeitung commented: “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)

Orchestra repertoire

J. S. Bach Klavierkonzert d-Moll BWV 1052
C. Baker

From Noon to Starry Night, Konzert für Klavier und Kammerorchester

B. Bartók

Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 E-Dur Sz. 119/BB 127

L. v. Beethoven

Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 15
Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 19
Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37
Nr. 4 G-Dur op. 58
Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 73 "Emperor"
Nr. 6 D-Dur op. 61a
Chorfantasie c-Moll op. 80
Tripelkonzert C-Dur op. 56

L. Bernstein

Sinfonie Nr. 2 'The Age of Anxiety' für Klavier und Orchester

J. Brahms

Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 83

F. Chopin

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 11
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 f-Moll op. 21

C. Debussy

Fantasie für Klavier und Orchester

C. Franck

Symphonische Variationen M. 46

G. Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue
Klavierkonzert F-Dur

E. Grieg

Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 16

J. Haydn

Klavierkonzert D-Dur Hob. XVIII: 2
Klavierkonzert G-Dur Hob. XVIII: 4

F. Liszt

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur S. 124
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 A-Dur S. 125
Ungarische Fantasie E-Dur für Klavier und Orchester S. 123
Totentanz S. 126

C. Meijering

ISIS – Konzert für Klavier und Orchester

F. Mendelssohn

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 25
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 d-Moll op. 40

W. A. Mozart

Klavierkonzerte Nr. 9 Es-Dur KV 271 "Jeune homme"
Nr. 13 C-Dur KV 415
Nr. 17 G-Dur KV 453
Nr. 18 B-Dur KV 456
Nr. 19 F-Dur KV 459
Nr. 20 d-Moll KV 466
Nr. 21 C-Dur KV 467
Nr. 23 A-Dur KV 488
Nr. 24 c-Moll KV 491
Nr. 26 D-Dur KV 537
Nr. 27 B-Dur KV 595
Rondo D-Dur KV 382

F. Poulenc

Konzert für zwei Klaviere d-Moll FP 61

S. Prokofjew

Klavierkonzerte
Nr. 1 Des-Dur op. 10
Nr. 2 g-Moll op. 16
Nr. 3 C-Dur op. 26
Nr. 4 B-Dur op. 53 für die linke Hand
Nr. 5 G-Dur op. 55

S. Rachmaninow

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 fis-Moll op. 1
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 18
Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 d-Moll op. 30
Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 g-Moll op. 40
Rhapsodie über ein Thema von Paganini a-Moll op. 43

M. Ravel

Klavierkonzert G-Dur
Klavierkonzert D-Dur für die linke Hand

A. N. Skrjabin

Klavierkonzert fis-Moll op. 20

C. Schumann

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-Moll op. 7

R. Schumann

Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 54

C. Saint-Saëns

Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 g-Moll op. 22
Rhapsodie d'Auvergne op. 73

D. Schostakowitsch

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 für Klavier, Trompete und Streichorchester c-Moll op. 35
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 F-Dur op. 102

R. Strauss

Burleske

I. Strawinsky

Capriccio für Klavier und Orchester

P. Tschaikowsky

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 b-Moll op. 23
Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 G-Dur op. 44