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Schubert Club Presents Pianist Xiayin Wang in Saint Paul December 13, 2012
This season Ms. Wang performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Lithuania National Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She will also release a recording of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Ms. Wang will tour with St. Petersburg Orchestra through South Korea, and will reunite with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra on a South America tour later this season.
Ms. Wang’s recording of Rachmaninoff’s Moments musicaux, Etudes-tableaux and Variations on a Theme of Corelli, released on Chandos in summer 2012, has been praised by music critics internationally. Most recently veteran piano authority Bryce Morrison (Gramophone, September 2012) lauded Ms. Wang’s new Rachmaninoff disc in the following terms: “Here, even in Rachmaninov’s most savage and turbulent pages, is playing of an awesome clarity and poise. Xiayin Wang makes her chosen composer sound greater and more indelibly Russian than ever….you will surely be lost in wonder at Wang’s pianistic but above all musical glory.”
During the 2011-12 season Ms. Wang made her London debut at Cadogan Hall. Ms. Wang toured with the St. Petersburg Symphony performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as in the United States in Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C. and at Alice Tully Hall in New York. She was also heard in Haifa and Tel Aviv with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
During the 2010-11 season, Ms. Wang was heard in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the renowned Fine Arts Quartet, in a program which included Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat and Franck’s Quintet in F minor, as well as the Piano Sonata by Earl Wild. Reviewing the concert for The New York Times, Allan Kozinn wrote:
In the Schumann and Franck (piano quintets) Ms. Wang proved an ideal chamber player. Both works have demanding piano parts, and she gave nuanced, spirited, crisply articulated and occasionally assertive readings. But she was also mindful of the context: even in passages where the piano has the principle themes, Ms. Wang offered her carefully shaped lines as a part of the ensemble fabric, not as solo turns with quartet accompaniment…Ms. Wang’s latest recording (on Chandos) is devoted to Mr. Wild’s piano music, which she plays with a vitality and fluidity that she matched, and at times surpassed, on Tuesday. (November 27, 2010)
In October 2010, she participated as soloist at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. In June, Ms. Wang traveled to Vienna’s Mozart-Saal to perform Richard Danielpour’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 (2010) with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Philippe Entremont.
Other concert and recital commitments have taken Ms. Wang throughout the United States at such venues and locations as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Tanglewood, the University of Miami, Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples Florida, the Caramoor Center in Katonah, NY, Saratoga Arts Festival, Coastal Carolina Arts Festival, the Meyer Concert Series at The Smithsonian in D.C., and the East Hawaii Cultural Center on the island of Hawaii. Ms. Wang has also been heard on radio stations WFMT in Chicago and on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” with John Schaefer in New York, among others. Abroad she has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.
Ms. Wang’s most recent release is a recording of chamber works by Schumann with the Fine Arts Quartet on Naxos. Other recordings on Naxos have included a solo album featuring the great Russian composer Aleksandr Scriabin, and a CD of “The Enchanted Garden,” Preludes Books I and II by Richard Danielpour; Ms. Wang performed the world premiere of Book II at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in May of 2009. On the Chandos label Ms. Wang has also released a recording of the piano music of Earl Wild, including his celebrated Gershwin arrangements in 2010. Ms. Wang has recorded a disc of Franck and Strauss sonatas with violinist Catherine Manoukian on the Marquis label and a highly praised recording of Brahms’s Quartets for Piano and Strings with the Amity Players in June 2008. Her debut CD, “Introducing Xiayin Wang,” was released on the Marquis Classics label in 2007.
Xiayin Wang completed studies at the Shanghai Conservatory and garnered an enviable record of first prize awards and special honors for her performances throughout China, most notably in the Fu Zhou National Piano Competition, Hang Zhou Instrumental Competition, Zhe Jiang Competition and the National Piano Competition in Beijing. She was heard with some of China’s leading orchestras, including the Beijing Opera House Symphony and the Zhe Jiang Symphony, and in many of the country’s most prestigious concert halls. In addition to her performances in China, Ms. Wang has been heard in Europe with the Tenerife Symphony of Spain. Ms. Wang, who began piano studies at the age of five, subsequently came to New York in 1997 and, in 2000, was awarded the “Certificate of Achievement” by the Associated Music Teacher League of New York, winning an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. She also pursued studies at the Manhattan School of Music and won the school’s Eisenberg Concerto Competition in 2002, as well as the Roy M. Rubinstein Award. Xiayin Wang holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
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