RISING STAR: XIAOHUI YANG
- Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664
- Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op.20
- Barcarolle, Op.60
Chinese pianist Xiaohui Yang has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in performances throughout Asia and North America, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Seoul Arts Center. Recent engagements include concerto performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and her competition prizes include awards from the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the American Protégé International Competition, the Piano Arts Competition, the Hong Kong Piano Open Competition, and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. A dedicated chamber musician, Xiaohui has attended such festivals as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Taos School of Music, the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, and the Mannes Beethoven Institute. Highlights of this season include a residency at the Marlboro Festival, concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic, chamber music recitals at the Caramoor Festival and in New Orleans, besides a US tour with Ravinia's Steans Institute musicians.
Born in the Chinese town of Liaoning, Xiaohui first studied at the Attached Music School of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, where she was a pupil of Danwen Wei, Xianwei Cheng and Rosemary Platt. She moved to the United States in 2008 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ignat Solzhenitsyn and was recipient of the Michael and Cecilia lacovella Capuzzi Memorial Fellowship. Upon earning her bachelor's degree in 2013, Xiaohui was awarded Curtis's Festorazzi Prize for the best graduating piano student and was also selected for the Curtis On Tour performances in the United States and Korea. In 2015, Xiaohui earned her master’s degree at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Cecilia Felman Piano Scholarship and pupil of Robert McDonald.
In addition to her studies at Curtis and Juilliard, Xiaohui has worked with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Seymour Lipkin, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss. Currently, Xiaohui lives in Baltimore, where she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Peabody Conservatory, under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky.