Debut 1

Claire Huangci

Scarlatti | Schubert | Rachmaninoff

Wed, 20.11. | 12.15 | No. 19506


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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019



    Claire Huangci  piano
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
    Piano Sonata in D major, K. 443
    Piano Sonata in A major, K. 208
    Piano Sonata in D major, K. 29
    Piano Sonata in D major, K. 435
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Four Impromptus, D 935
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Prélude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, no. 2
    Prélude in F-sharp minor, Op. 23, no. 1
    Prélude in B-flat major, Op. 23, no. 2
    Prélude in D minor, Op. 23, no. 3
    Prélude in D major, Op. 23, no. 4
    Prélude in G minor, Op. 23, no. 5
    Prélude in E-flat major, Op. 23, no. 6
    Prélude in C minor, Op. 23, no. 7

    Child prodigies have a hard time after they grow up and the circus-like spectacle that was part of their attraction when they started out is over. Claire Huangci, the daughter of two Chinese scientists who was born in 1990 in Rochester, New York, is one of the fortunate ones who later outstripped her initial early fame. She won international piano competitions at the age of nine and played for U.S. President Bill Clinton when she was ten; her pianist colleague Vladimir Krainev declared that she had “the fastest fingers in the world” when she was sixteen. But Huangci did not rely on her virtuoso capacities alone. After her studies with Gary Graffman in Philadelphia, she continued her training with Arie Vardi in Hanover and developed into a “mature artist,” as the jury of the Concours Géza Anda put it when it awarded her first prize in 2018. In the meantime, Claire Huangci has released four award-winning recordings and is a guest artist in the world’s major concert halls, from the Vienna Konzerthaus to Carnegie Hall in New York.