Claire Huangci, piano


If looking for characteristics of Huangci’s piano playing, one finds them in her superior focus, imaginative abilities, and the resulting poetry of her interpretation. (Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung).

The American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of 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 of repertoire spanning from Bach and Scarlatti, via German and Russian romanticism, to Bernstein, Gulda, and Corigliano.

Kicking off a busy 2022/23 season, Claire will open the season of Frankfurt Museumskonzerte making her debut at Alte Oper, performing Ravel’s left hand concerto with Jader Bignamini, followed by further openings at the Wiesbaden Staatsorchester with Johannes Klump, and Stuttgart Philharmonic with Howard Griffiths. She will travel internationally for concerts with the Pacific Symphony, Costa Rica Symphony, National Symphony of Colombia, Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian RTV orchestra, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the US. Further highlights include a tour with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, and performances with the Hofer, Neubrandenburg, Bergische,Wuerttembergisches Reutlingen, Badische Staatskapelle, Baden Baden orchestras, and Munich chamber orchestras. To celebrate Rachmaninov’s 150th birthday in 2023, Claire presents solo recitals with his preludes in venues such as Beethovenhaus Bonn, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and Brussels Flagey piano days. In Spring 2023, she will also release a Schubert album of his late sonatas, piano pieces and a selection of songs with the Bass Baritone Thomas Bauer. A particularly exciting project will be her debut play-directing the Nordic Chamber Orchestra on tour with works of Anna Amalia, Mozart and Chopin. In 2019, Claire was awarded the grand prize at the Chambre Orchestre de Paris Play-Direct academy and competition, organized by the World Federation International Music Competitions and Steinway.

In solo recitals and with international orchestras, Claire Huangci has appeared in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Paris Philharmonie, Munich Gasteig, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Festspielhaus, and the Budapest Franz Liszt Akademie. She is a welcome guest of renowned festivals including the Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, and Klavier Festival Ruhr and her esteemed musical partners include the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, ORF Radio Orchester Vienna, Deutsche RadioPhilharmonie, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Basel Chamber Orchestra, together with Sir Roger Norrington, Eva Ollikainen, Pietari Inkinen, Mario Venzago, Howard Griffiths, Carl St. Clair, Cornelius Meister, Alexander Shelley, Jun Maerkl, Michael Francis, and Elim Chan.

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with concert performances and competition victories. After working 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, graduating with honors in 2016 and becoming his assistant. Early in her artistic career, she stood out as an expressive interpreter of Chopin, winning first prizes at the European Chopin competition and US National Chopin competition in 2009 and 2010. She was also the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2011.

Her extensive discography again shows her keen interest in a diverse pool of repertoire, with her latest albums (Mendelssohn works with Marc Bouchkov, Howard Griffiths and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, and the complete Bach toccatas) again receiving high acclaim. Further along in the 2022/23 season, Claire will release three Mozart concertos with Howard Griffiths and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg on Alpha Classics as well as a solo Schubert triple album on Berlin Classics. After recording her debut CD in 2013 with solo works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and her prizewinning double album of Scarlatti sonatas (German Record Critics’ Award and Gramophone Editor’s Choice), her solo albums included complete recordings of Chopin’s Nocturnes and Rachmaninoff’s Préludes, followed by her first chamber music album with Trio Machiavelli in 2020. Concerto recordings include Beethoven's violin concerto in his piano version with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, Schubert’s Fantasy for piano and orchestra (arranged by Kabalevsky) with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Chopin and Paderewski concertos with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken.

Claire Huangci has been appointed piano professor at the Franz Liszt Music University in Weimar beginning October 2022. She is also a proud ambassador of Henle Verlag and the Henle Library App.

2022/2023 season

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