92Y and SubCulture present
Xuefei Yang, guitar
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Xuefei Yang is hailed as a musical pioneer. Born in Beijing and now based in the UK, she was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school (Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music), the first guitarist to give a recital in Beijing National Center of Performing Arts, and the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international professional career.
Ms. Yang’s first public appearance was at the age of ten, and it received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador to China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo; when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatory especially for her and other advanced students. Ms. Yang then became the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music. In recognition of her distinguished career, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in June 2012.
Ms. Yang now enjoys an international career. Her engagements for the 2012/13 season included performances with the Toledo and Hangzhou Symphony, Orpheus Sinfonia and Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra. She gave solo recitals throughout the UK and in Dallas, Seattle and Minneapolis, and she collaborated with flutist Sir James Galway on a tour of China. Previous appearances include most of the major London halls, Philharmonie Berlin, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, National Concert Hall Taipei and Seoul Arts Centre. As a chamber musician, Ms. Yang has collaborated with musicians such as Jian Wang, Natalie Clein, Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright and the Elias String Quartet.
Ms. Yang records exclusively for EMI Classics. Her debut album, Romance de Amor, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, and her second, 40 Degrees North, was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine. Her latest solo disc features music of J. S. Bach, and she recently completed a recording with tenor Ian Bostridge. Since she premiered Equipoise by Timothy Salter, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group, Ms. Yang has committed herself to expanding the guitar repertoire, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music to the repertoire.