Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, our patrons have asked when highly regarded Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang would return to Middlebury. Yang, who can turn “sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window,” (The Times) treats us to a program of Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albeniz’s “Asturias.”
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).
BACH Violin Sonata BWV 1001 (arr. Xuefei Yang)
ALBENZ Espana, Seis Hojas de Album Op. 165 (arr. Xuefei Yang)
ALBENIZ Asturias, from Suite Espanola Op. 47
REGONDI Air Varie de l'Opera de Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi
CHOPIN Two Valses (arr. Xuefei Yang)
Beijing-born, UK-based, Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music and instruments were banned, she was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.
Fei’s first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students. She then went on to become the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music
Fei enjoys a truly international career, performing worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and with leading orchestras. Her success has led her to be invited to many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Lincoln Center New York and the Herbst Theatre San Francisco. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital in Beijing National Center of Performing Arts.
During the 2011/12 season, Fei performs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In recital she performs throughout the US in San Francisco, Weil Recital Hall New York, Calgary, Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Vermont and Toronto. In addition to solo recitals, Fei performs with the Elias String Quartet and gives duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang. She collaborates with tenor Ian Bostridge in a recital at Wigmore Hall, London.
Fei records exclusively for EMI Classics. Her debut album, ‘Romance de Amor’, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, & her second, ‘40 Degrees North’, was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine. Her third was a concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring the music of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez and a new Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss commissioned by EMI for Xuefei. Xuefei’s fourth recording, featuring the music of J.S.Bach, will be released by EMI in February 2012.
Fei has also appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, a BBC documentary ‘The Story of Guitar’, and China Central Television, who made a biographical documentary on Fei.
Artist website: http://www.xuefeiyang.com/
"Ms. Yang demonstrates her feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship in repertory ranging from Albeniz to arrangements of Western pop and Asian songs ... Yang's guitar sings as if she had grown up in the shaded courtyards of Andalusia."--The New York Times, April 2007
"Selected as one of Classic FM's "100 Best Artists,"--Classic FM, July 2009
"The guitar world has a new star."--Gramophone, July 2008