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Xuefei Yang (simplified Chinese:杨雪霏; traditional Chinese:楊雪霏; pinyin: Yáng Xuěfēi; born March 15, 1977) is a Chinese classical guitarist.

Xuefei Yang
Xuefei Yang performing the Concierto de Aranjuez in Barcelona, 2008
Background information
Born (1977-03-15)March 15, 1977 (age 44)
Beijing, China
GenresClassical
Occupation(s)Classical guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar
Years activefl. ca. 1988-present
LabelsGSP, EMI
Websitewww.xuefeiyang.com

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The Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang is, in the words of the Irish Examiner, "an unlikely guitar hero," coming from a country where the classical guitar had only a slight presence. She was the first player to study guitar at the conservatory level in China, the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international career, and the first to present guitar performances at Beijing's prestigious National Center of Performing Arts.

Yang was born in Beijing on March 15, 1977. The restrictions of China's Cultural Revolution, which had prohibited Western music and instruments, had just been lifted. There was no tradition of teaching guitar in China, but Yang's mother, realizing that her child was both hyperactive and musically talented, suggested that Yang join a guitar group at school since she was too small to lift an accordion. Yang began studying with Chinese guitarist Chen Zhi, and at her debut at the first Chinese International Guitar Festival, she impressed the Spanish ambassador, who gave her a luthier made guitar for free.

As a schoolgirl, Yang rapidly achieved an international reputation, playing extensively in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Spain, and Australia, and giving concert tours in Taiwan, Japan and Portugal. At twelve, she played in Tokyo for the first time, and was given a special award by the Guitar Alliance of Japan. Masaru Kohno, this time, took Yang to his studio and asked her to take any guitar with her. She played the Kohno guitar, made of cedar and jacaranda, regularly over the next five years. During her Madrid debut at age 14, the composer Joaquín Rodrigo was among the audience and said that he could not believe she was only a 14-year-old guitarist after listening to her amazing performance. In 1995, after John Williams listened to her performance in Beijing, he was so impressed that he loaned two of his own Greg Smallman guitars to her conservatory, for her and other top students to play.

After completing her secondary schooling, Yang went on to complete her studies in Beijing, becoming the first guitarist to enter a music school in China, and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music. She then become the first guitarist from China to study in the United Kingdom and the first guitarist ever to receive an international scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for her postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

She moved to London in 2000, studying under Michael Lewin, John Mills and Timothy Walker and further establishing her international career with many solo recitals and concert performances in the UK and Europe. She graduated with distinction in 2002, achieving a Recital Diploma and receiving the Royal Academy of Music Principal's prize for exceptional all-round studentship.

Yang has won numerous prizes in music competitions including the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, the San Francisco International Guitar Competition and the Young Concert Artist International competition in the United States, and the Darwin International Guitar Competition in Australia. She was awarded first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award by the City of London's Worshipful Company of Musicians, and won the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for a recital at Fairfield Hall, Croydon.

The UK classical music magazine, Classic FM, named Xuefei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time. In recognition of her distinguished career, Xuefei was awarded ‘Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music’ in June 2012. Xuefei continues to be ambassador & role model for guitar in China, & from 2015 she is honoured to be the artistic director of Changsha International Guitar Festival.

Her international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, the U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, China, Japan and Singapore. Concert appearances have included playing Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre" with the BBC Concert Orchestra and "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra at Duke's Hall. She has featured on radio as part of the BBC Proms London Composer Portrait series, and performed at 54 concerts for the "Night of the Proms Tour" in 2003/2004 to a total audience of over 800,000 people.. In January 2011 she appeared in Ireland for the first time, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Xuefei is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scotland National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, & Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, China Philharmonic. Xuefei’s recent highlights include return performances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Wintertour Philharmonic, debut performances with Beijing Symphony Orchestra, China National Orchestra giving the Asian premier of The Albeniz Concerto written for Xuefei by Stephen Goss, and an Australian tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which included performing the Australian premier of Tan Dun’s guitar concerto.

Gramophone magazine praised Xuefei as one of the leading innovators of her generation for continuing to build the guitar repertoire. Xuefei is committed to commissioning new works and making her own arrangements, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music, many of which have appeared on her recordings. Xuefei has received new works from composers such as Chen Yi, Stephen Goss, Timothy Salter, Carlo Domeniconi. This season sees her giving at least three world premiere performances.

Xuefei is one of the few guitarists whose artistry connect with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity. She collaborates with an eclectic range of artists: classical musicians such as Jian Wang, Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, Sir James Galway, Elias String Quartet & the Heath Quartet; cross-over artist David Garrett. Xuefei 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 Xuefei, & are filming another this year.

Xuefei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Her first recording received a gold disc & her second was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine. Several of the recordings reflect Xuefei’s interest in expanding the repertoire. A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez & Goss’ Albeniz Concerto. Another recording of “Bach Concertos” featured Xuefei’s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J.S. Bach. In 2016, Xuefei released two albums, solo album “Colours of Brazil,” (Decca Classics) and “Songs from our Ancestors” (Globe Music) which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge in a recording made at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Her most recent releases include EP “One Day in November” (Apple Music), “Sketches of China” (Decca) and EP “Summertime” (Apple Music).

  • "But the star of the evening was the Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang. In Xiaoyong Chen’s Static and Rotation she turned sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window. And, playing with similar brilliance in Robert Saxton’s Night Dance, Timothy Salter’s Equipoise premiere and Britten's Nocturnal after John Dowland, Yang’s easeful virtuosity won the day." (Matthew Connolly, The Times, January 14, 2003)
  • "The enthusiastic reviews that have appeared in the press about this far-eastern prodigy do not seem in the slightest exaggerated after hearing this concert. Xuefei Yang is already among the best guitarists in the world." (Badische Zeitung, 9 July 2002)
  • "…she left the audience completely enraptured." (Oberbadisches Volksblatt, 9 July 2002)
  • "It was great to hear you play! I wish you every success in future and hope you will have the opportunity you very much deserve to play in many countries." (John Williams, 1995)
  • "Truth, fantasy, boldness and delicacy. Listening to Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang’s latest album is like watching a parade of exquisitely rendered beasts on a silk handscroll...If this gorgeous recording finds its ideal pictorial analogue in a painted scroll, Xuefei Yang’s playing can best be compared to the spontaneity and control of a master calligrapher." (Gramophone Magazine, November 2020)
  • "This is a seriously virtuosic performance that takes “classical guitar” in many exciting new directions.” (Classical Guitar Magazine, December 2020)
  • Classical Guitar by Xuefei Yang, 1999 (先恒, Xianheng Nanjing)
  • Si Ji, 2005 (GSP)
  • Romance de Amor, 2006 (EMI)
  • 40 Degrees North, 2008 (EMI)
  • Concierto de Aranjuez, 2010 (EMI)
  • J.S.Bach: Concertos & Transcriptions, 2012 (EMI)
  • Britten Songs, 2013 (EMI), with Ian Bostridge
  • Heartstrings, 2015 (Decca)
  • Colours of Brazil, 2016 (Decca)
  • Songs from Our Ancestors, 2016 (Globe Music), with Ian Bostridge
  • Milonga Del Angel, 2018 (Deutsche Grammophon), with Mengla Huang
  • One Day in November (EP), 2019 (Apple Music)
  • Sketches of China, 2020 (Decca)
  • Summertime (EP), 2021 (Apple Music)

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Xuefei Yang Language Watch Edit In this Chinese name the family name is Yang This article has multiple issues Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page Learn how and when to remove these template messages This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification Please help by adding reliable sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful Find sources Xuefei Yang news newspapers books scholar JSTOR October 2020 Learn how and when to remove this template message This article includes a list of general references but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations October 2020 Learn how and when to remove this template message Learn how and when to remove this template message Xuefei Yang simplified Chinese 杨雪霏 traditional Chinese 楊雪霏 pinyin Yang Xuefei born March 15 1977 is a Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei YangXuefei Yang performing the Concierto de Aranjuez in Barcelona 2008Background informationBorn 1977 03 15 March 15 1977 age 44 1 Beijing ChinaGenresClassicalOccupation s Classical guitaristInstrumentsGuitarYears activefl ca 1988 presentLabelsGSP EMIWebsitewww xuefeiyang com Contents 1 Early years 2 Further education 3 Awards 4 Performances 5 Recordings 6 Reception 7 Discography 8 References 9 External links 9 1 Interviews 9 2 Audio and videoEarly years EditThe Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang is in the words of the Irish Examiner an unlikely guitar hero coming from a country where the classical guitar had only a slight presence She was the first player to study guitar at the conservatory level in China the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international career and the first to present guitar performances at Beijing s prestigious National Center of Performing Arts Yang was born in Beijing on March 15 1977 The restrictions of China s Cultural Revolution which had prohibited Western music and instruments had just been lifted There was no tradition of teaching guitar in China but Yang s mother realizing that her child was both hyperactive and musically talented suggested that Yang join a guitar group at school since she was too small to lift an accordion Yang began studying with Chinese guitarist Chen Zhi and at her debut at the first Chinese International Guitar Festival she impressed the Spanish ambassador who gave her a luthier made guitar for free As a schoolgirl Yang rapidly achieved an international reputation playing extensively in China Hong Kong Macau Spain and Australia and giving concert tours in Taiwan Japan and Portugal At twelve she played in Tokyo for the first time and was given a special award by the Guitar Alliance of Japan Masaru Kohno this time took Yang to his studio and asked her to take any guitar with her She played the Kohno guitar made of cedar and jacaranda regularly over the next five years During her Madrid debut at age 14 the composer Joaquin Rodrigo was among the audience and said that he could not believe she was only a 14 year old guitarist after listening to her amazing performance In 1995 after John Williams listened to her performance in Beijing he was so impressed that he loaned two of his own Greg Smallman guitars to her conservatory for her and other top students to play Further education EditAfter completing her secondary schooling Yang went on to complete her studies in Beijing becoming the first guitarist to enter a music school in China and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music She then become the first guitarist from China to study in the United Kingdom and the first guitarist ever to receive an international scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for her postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London She moved to London in 2000 studying under Michael Lewin John Mills and Timothy Walker and further establishing her international career with many solo recitals and concert performances in the UK and Europe She graduated with distinction in 2002 achieving a Recital Diploma and receiving the Royal Academy of Music Principal s prize for exceptional all round studentship Awards EditYang has won numerous prizes in music competitions including the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition the San Francisco International Guitar Competition and the Young Concert Artist International competition in the United States and the Darwin International Guitar Competition in Australia She was awarded first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award by the City of London s Worshipful Company of Musicians and won the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for a recital at Fairfield Hall Croydon The UK classical music magazine Classic FM named Xuefei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time In recognition of her distinguished career Xuefei was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in June 2012 Xuefei continues to be ambassador amp role model for guitar in China amp from 2015 she is honoured to be the artistic director of Changsha International Guitar Festival Performances EditHer international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries including the United Kingdom the U S Germany France Spain Belgium the Netherlands Finland Australia China Japan and Singapore Concert appearances have included playing Rodrigo s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Concierto de Aranjuez with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra at Duke s Hall She has featured on radio as part of the BBC Proms London Composer Portrait series and performed at 54 concerts for the Night of the Proms Tour in 2003 2004 to a total audience of over 800 000 people In January 2011 she appeared in Ireland for the first time at the National Concert Hall in Dublin 2 Xuefei is frequently invited to play with the world s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London Philharmonic Orchestra BBC Concert Orchestra Royal Scotland National Orchestra Royal Liverpool Orchestra Hamburg Symphony Orchestra Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra New Zealand Symphony Orchestra amp Detroit Symphony Orchestra Seoul Philharmonic China Philharmonic Xuefei s recent highlights include return performances with the English Chamber Orchestra Halle Orchestra Beijing Symphony Orchestra Wintertour Philharmonic debut performances with Beijing Symphony Orchestra China National Orchestra giving the Asian premier of The Albeniz Concerto written for Xuefei by Stephen Goss and an Australian tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which included performing the Australian premier of Tan Dun s guitar concerto Gramophone magazine praised Xuefei as one of the leading innovators of her generation for continuing to build the guitar repertoire Xuefei is committed to commissioning new works and making her own arrangements with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music many of which have appeared on her recordings Xuefei has received new works from composers such as Chen Yi Stephen Goss Timothy Salter Carlo Domeniconi This season sees her giving at least three world premiere performances Xuefei is one of the few guitarists whose artistry connect with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity She collaborates with an eclectic range of artists classical musicians such as Jian Wang Ian Bostridge Rosalind Plowright Sir James Galway Elias String Quartet amp the Heath Quartet cross over artist David Garrett Xuefei 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 Xuefei amp are filming another this year Recordings EditXuefei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics Her first recording received a gold disc amp her second was selected as Editor s Choice in Gramophone magazine Several of the recordings reflect Xuefei s interest in expanding the repertoire A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue featuring Rodrigo s Concerto de Aranjuez amp Goss Albeniz Concerto Another recording of Bach Concertos featured Xuefei s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J S Bach In 2016 Xuefei released two albums solo album Colours of Brazil Decca Classics and Songs from our Ancestors Globe Music which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge in a recording made at Shakespeare s Globe Theatre Her most recent releases include EP One Day in November Apple Music Sketches of China Decca and EP Summertime Apple Music Reception Edit But the star of the evening was the Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang In Xiaoyong Chen s Static and Rotation she turned sweet chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window And playing with similar brilliance in Robert Saxton s Night Dance Timothy Salter s Equipoise premiere and Britten s Nocturnal after John Dowland Yang s easeful virtuosity won the day Matthew Connolly The Times January 14 2003 The enthusiastic reviews that have appeared in the press about this far eastern prodigy do not seem in the slightest exaggerated after hearing this concert Xuefei Yang is already among the best guitarists in the world Badische Zeitung 9 July 2002 she left the audience completely enraptured Oberbadisches Volksblatt 9 July 2002 It was great to hear you play I wish you every success in future and hope you will have the opportunity you very much deserve to play in many countries John Williams 1995 Truth fantasy boldness and delicacy Listening to Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang s latest album is like watching a parade of exquisitely rendered beasts on a silk handscroll If this gorgeous recording finds its ideal pictorial analogue in a painted scroll Xuefei Yang s playing can best be compared to the spontaneity and control of a master calligrapher Gramophone Magazine November 2020 This is a seriously virtuosic performance that takes classical guitar in many exciting new directions Classical Guitar Magazine December 2020 Discography EditClassical Guitar by Xuefei Yang 1999 先恒 Xianheng Nanjing Si Ji 2005 GSP Romance de Amor 2006 EMI 40 Degrees North 2008 EMI Concierto de Aranjuez 2010 EMI J S Bach Concertos amp Transcriptions 2012 EMI Britten Songs 2013 EMI with Ian Bostridge Heartstrings 2015 Decca Colours of Brazil 2016 Decca Songs from Our Ancestors 2016 Globe Music with Ian Bostridge Milonga Del Angel 2018 Deutsche Grammophon with Mengla Huang One Day in November EP 2019 Apple Music Sketches of China 2020 Decca Summertime EP 2021 Apple Music References Edit Personal Profile on hoodong com Accessed 2006 06 22 gravitate 21 December 2010 RT Orchestras RT National Symphony Orchestra 2010 2011 Season RTE External links Edit 1 Xuefei Yang EMI Artist Page Xuefei Yang concerts and recordings on EMI Classics UKInterviews Edit Xuefei Yang Interview Feb 21 2007 Classical Guitar Alive mp3 Interviews www xuefeiyang com Audio and video Edit Audio video page from Xuefei Yang official site Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Xuefei Yang amp oldid 1025825290, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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