Award-winning pianist Xiayin Wang makes Hawaii debut
November 16, 2009 at 3:01 PM HST - Updated June 21 at 2:25 AM
HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - The brilliant young pianist Xiayin Wang will be touring the Hawai'ian Islands this week promoting her recent Naxos CD "Scriabin Piano Music," which debuted on Billboard's classical album chart.
Ms. Wang an active advocate of arts education enjoys spreading awareness and appreciation for music to students and young people wherever she plays and whenever there's an opportunity. Ms. Wang will be holding Master Classes at The University of Hawai'i, Manoa, The University of Hawai'i, Hilo and will take part in KCA's Education outreach.
Monday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m.
University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
East Hawai'i Cultural Center
To reserve tickets ($12 General/$8 Students) at Orvis Auditorium, please call 808-956-8742.
KCA is presenting Ms Wang's concert free to the community but tickets must be reserved at www.kauai-concert.org.
On the Big Island, tickets are $15 General/$10 Seniors & Students, for more information contact EHCC at 808-961-5711.
Ms. Wang's complete tour program follows:
Haydn: Sonata No. 52, E-Flat Major, Hob XVI:52
Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse
Danielpour: The Enchanted Garden, Preludes Book II (selected preludes)
No. 4. Lean Kat Stride
No. 7. Winter Solstice
No. 6. There's a Ghost in My Room!
Scriabin: Two Poemes, Op. 32
Vers la Flame, poeme, Op. 72
Bach-Marcello: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974
Piazzolla: Adios Nonino (Tango Rhapsody)
Gershwin: Prelude No. 1
I've Got Rhythm
Chen: Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Chu: Celebrating Our New Life
Ravel: La Valse
An artist with a winning combination of consummate technical brilliance, fine musicianship, and personal verve, pianist Xiayin Wang wins the hearts of audiences wherever she appears. As recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, she has already achieved a high level of recognition for her commanding performances.
This past May, Ms. Wang performed at the new Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Included in her program was the world premiere of "Enchanted Garden", Preludes Book II by noted American composer, Richard Danielpour. This December, Ms. Wang will record both Book I & II for Naxos. She has been invited back to the Smithsonian Institution where she will present the Washington D.C premiere of the work in March 2010, as part of their Meyer Concert Series. Upcoming performances include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Phillippe Entremont, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. Also, recitals in South Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Florida, Ohio, a tour of North Carolina and the Hawai'ian Islands.
In New York, Ms. Wang was presented in recital as part of the Prestige Series at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music. In April 2007 she made her orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium performing the Schumann Piano Concerto and Ravel's Concerto in G Major with the City Symphony under conductor George Manahan. Reviewing her May 2006 recital at Alice Tully Hall, longtime music critic Fred Kirshnit of The New York Sun praised Ms. Wang for her "robust, confident performance."
Ms. Wang has released three recordings. The latest solo album for the Naxos label features the Russian composer Aleksandr Scriabin in a range of works from his early Chopinesque period to such later compositions as "Vers la Flamme," Op. 72 and Deux Danses, Op. 73.
In June 2008, Ms. Wang released a recording of Brahms's Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25 and Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 60 with the Amity Players on Marquis Classics.
In April 2007, Ms. Wang released her debut recording "Introducing Xiayin Wang" on the Marquis Classics label.
Ms. Wang completed studies at the Shanghai Conservatory and garnered an enviable record of first prize awards and special honors. She performed with many of China's leading orchestras and in the country's most prestigious concert halls. Ms. Wang began piano studies at the age of five, 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 pursued studies at the Manhattan School of Music and won the school's Eisenberg Concerto Competition in 2002 and the Roy M. Rubinstein Award.
Xiayin Wang holds Bachelor's, Master's and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.