Claire Huangci
piano | United States of America, °1990
 
Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, thanks to grants, concert performances and prizes - she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition (2011). She studied with Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and with Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover.

Frédéric Chopin was a special role model for her, though at first she had ambivalent feelings about the composer. She was initially sceptical about his breakneck etudes, but fell in love with his ballades and sonatas, and it was precisely that music which gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough. In 2009 she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami, earning the 19 year-old a reputation as an expressive Chopin performer of her generation.

Claire Huangci has since transitioned from an acclaimed performer of Chopin to a flexible and sought-after musician. Her wide-ranging repertoire which includes a large number of contemporary works and her great versatility is on display when she plays with international orchestras like the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (under Sir Roger Norrington), the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies. Her recitals have already taken her to international concert venues like Carnegie Hall, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Gasteig in Munich, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Salle Cortot, Oji Hall in Tokyo and the Symphony Hall in Osaka as well as to festivals like the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, the Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Mozartfest in Würzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzingen Festival.

Her debut CD, which was released in 2013 featuring recordings of solo works by Tschaikovsky and Prokofiev under the Berlin Classics label, earned widespread praise. Berlin Classics has since released a second solo album featuring Sonatas by Scarlatti, which was distinguished with the German Record Critics' Award.

Biography

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Teachers

Arie Vardi (2007-present)
Gary Graffman (2005-2007)
Eleanor Sokoloff (2003-2007)
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