Concert: 08.11.2023, 19.30 Uhr


"A Study in Preludes" - Sergei Rachmaninoff on the 150th Birthday, Preludes by Chopin and Rachmaninov

Chopin Prélude C-Dur op. 28 Nr. 1
Chopin Prélude a-Moll op. 28 Nr. 2
Rachmaninow Prélude a-moll op 32 Nr. 8
Chopin Prélude G-Dur op. 28 Nr. 3
Rachmaninow Prélude G-Dur op 32 Nr. 5
Chopin Prélude e-Moll op. 28 Nr. 4
Rachmaninow Prélude e-moll op 32 Nr. 4
Chopin Prélude D-Dur op. 28 Nr. 5
Chopin Prélude h-Moll op. 28 Nr. 6
Rachmaninow Prélude h-moll op 32 Nr. 10
Chopin Prélude A-Dur op. 28 Nr. 7
Chopin Prélude fis-Moll op. 28 Nr. 8
Rachmaninow Prélude fis-moll op 23 Nr. 1
Chopin Prélude E-Dur op. 28 Nr. 9
Rachmaninow Prélude E-Dur op 32 Nr. 3
Chopin Prélude cis-Moll op. 28 Nr. 10
Rachmaninow Prélude cis-Moll op. 3 Nr. 2
Chopin Prélude B-Dur op. 28 Nr. 11
Rachmaninow Prélude gis-moll op 32 Nr. 12
Chopin Prélude gis-Moll op. 28 Nr. 12


Chopin Prélude Fis-Dur op. 28 Nr. 13
Chopin Prélude es-Moll op. 28 Nr. 14
Rachmaninow Prélude es-moll op 23 Nr. 9
Chopin Prélude Des-Dur op. 28 Nr. 15
Chopin Prélude b-Moll op. 28 Nr. 16
Chopin Prélude As-Dur op. 28 Nr. 17
Rachmaninow Prélude As-Dur op 23 Nr. 8
Chopin Prélude f-Moll op. 28 Nr. 18
Rachmaninow Prélude f-moll op 32 Nr. 6
Chopin Prélude Es-Dur op. 28 Nr. 19
Rachmaninow Prélude Es-Dur op 23 Nr. 6
Chopin Prélude c-Moll op. 28 Nr. 20
Rachmaninow Prélude c-moll op 23 Nr. 7
Chopin Prélude B-Dur op. 28 Nr. 21
Chopin Prélude g-Moll op. 28 Nr. 22
Rachmaninow Prélude g-moll op 23 Nr. 5
Chopin Prélude F-Dur op. 28 Nr. 23
Chopin Prélude d-moll op. 28 Nr. 24

Keine Pause.

Claire Huangci

If one looks for an overriding characteristic of Huangci's piano playing, one finds it in her concentration, her power of imagination, her fantasy and the resulting poetry of interpretation.
Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The American pianist Claire Huangci, winner of the first prize as well as the Mozart Prize at the Concours Géza Anda 2018, captivates her audience with "glittering virtuosity, creative sovereignty, wide-awake interaction and subtle sound dramaturgy" (Salzburger Nachrichten). Inspired by an irrepressible spirit of exploration, she proves her versatility with an unusually broad repertoire ranging from Bach and Scarlatti to German and Russian Romanticism to Bernstein, Gulda or Corigliano.

At the start of the 2022/23 season, Claire Huangci will open the Frankfurt Museums­konzerte with her debut at the Alte Oper, followed by further season­openings with the Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. International concerts will take her to the Nordic Chamber Orchestra (play/direct), the Californian Pacific Symphony, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian RTV Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana and the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA. Other highlights of the season include the New Year's tour with the Deutsche Staats­philharmonie Rheinland Pfalz as well as performances with the Hofer Symphoniker, the Badische Staatskapelle and the Münchener Kammer­orchester. On the occasion of Sergei  Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday in 2023, Claire Huangci will perform solo recitals of his Préludes at the Beethovenhaus Bonn, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Flagey in Brussels, among other venues.

In solo recitals and as a partner of international orchestras, Claire Huangci has already performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, NCPA Beijing, Philharmonie de Paris, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, as well as at renowned festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Klavierfestival Ruhr. Orchestras such as the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as conductors such as Elim Chan, Michael Francis, Howard Griffiths, Pietari Inkinen, Jun Märkl, Cornelius Meister, Sir Roger Norrington, Eva Ollikainen, Alexander Shelley and Mario Venzago are among her valued partners.

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with concert performances and competition successes. She received important impulses from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, before moving to Arie Vardi in Hanover in 2007. She attracted particular attention as an expressive Chopin interpreter at the beginning of her artistic career, not least through first prizes at the Chopin competitions in Darmstadt and Miami (2009/2010). She was also the youngest participant to win 2nd prize at the 2011 ARD International Music Competition, and in 2019 she was awarded the Jury Prize of the "Paris Play-Direct Academy", a collaboration between the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Philharmonie de Paris and Steinway & Sons.

Her extensive discography also demonstrates Claire Huangci's keen interest in a wide-ranging repertoire. Her last two albums - Mendelssohn works with Marc Bouchkov, Howard Griffiths and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, and the complete recording of the Bach toccatas - have received critical acclaim. In the 22/23 season she presents Mozart concertos with Howard Griffiths and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg on Alpha Classics. Her debut CD on the Berlin Classics label in 2013 with solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev was followed by her award-winning double album of Scarlatti sonatas (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and Gramophone Editor's Choice), as well as a complete recording of Chopin's Nocturnes and Rachmaninov's Préludes. In 2020, she released her first chamber music album with the Trio Machiavelli. She also recorded Beethoven's Violin Concerto in its piano version with the Brandenburg State Orchestra, Schubert's Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the early piano concertos by Chopin and Paderewski.

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