Claire Huangci

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Claire Huangci
Huangci at an autograph session in Lucerne 2019
Huangci at an autograph session in Lucerne 2019
Background information
Born (1990-03-22) March 22, 1990 (age 33)
Rochester, New York, United States
Years active1998–present
LabelsBerlin Classics (in English)

Claire Huangci (born March 22, 1990) is an American classical pianist. She lives in Frankfurt am Main.[1]

Early life[edit]

Huangci (Chinese: 黃慈; pinyin: Huáng Cí[2]) was born in Rochester, New York to Chinese immigrant parents, both scientists. Claire started playing piano at the age of six.[3] Until she was 11 years old, Huangci studied with pianist Ursula Ingolfsson-Fassbind at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Aged 8, she won a gold medal at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, being the youngest medalist in the pre-college division to perform with an orchestra at the prize winners’ concert of the International division.


Huangci was supported with scholarships from DAAD and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for two years.[4] Having completed four years of study at The Curtis Institute of Music from 2003 to 2007 where she studied together with notable pianists such as Yuja Wang under Gary Graffman, she continued her musical education in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Professor Arie Vardi from 2007 to 2016.[5]


Huangci won First Prize in the 2009 Europäischer Chopin Klavierwettbewerb in Darmstadt[6] and the Orpheum Music Prize in Zurich; the First and Special Prize at the 2010 National Chopin Competition in Miami, Florida, USA,[7] and the Second Prize at the 2011 ARD International Music Competition as its youngest participant.[8] In 2018 she won the Concours Geza Anda in Zurich [9]

Orchestras and performances[edit]

Huangci has appeared as a soloist performing with well-known orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Vancouver Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the Cannes Orchestre, the St. Petersburg Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, and the Santa Fe Symphony as well as the Istanbul State Symphony. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zürich Tonhalle, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Salle Cortot Paris, Oji Hall in Tokyo and Symphony Hall in Osaka. Additionally, she is a guest artist at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier, Ravinia, Łódź Rubinstein Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Mozartfest Würzburg and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.[10]


In the summer of 2013, Huangci released her solo debut recording of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev under the Berlin Classics label. She has released a second solo album in 2015 featuring sonatas by Scarlatti.[11]

In 2019 she released a CD of concertos by Chopin and Paderewski.

Publishing Date Recording Date Album title Inhalt Other Artists Publisher Catalogue No.
09.08.2013 2013 The Sleeping Beauty – Ballet Transcriptions Peter Tschaikowsky: Dornröschen op. 66, Der Nussknacker op. 71 (Akt 2, Nr. 14); Sergei Prokofjew: 10 Klavierstücke aus Romeo und Julia Berlin Classics 0300548BC
10.04.2015 2015 Domenico Scarlatti – Piano Sonatas Domenico Scarlatti: Sonaten für Klavier Berlin Classics B00UILS96I
05.05.2017 2017 A Chopin Diary – The Complete Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes Nr. 1–21, Nocturne Oubliée cis-Moll (Larghetto), Étude cis-Moll op. 25 (7) Tristan Cornut Berlin Classics B01LXE41EY
05.01.2018 2017 Dmitri Kabalewski: Fantasie f-Moll (nach Schuberts Fantasie D 940) Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien unter Cornelius Meister Berlin Classics 2531 126
23.02.2018 2017 Beethoven Rarities Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert D-Dur op. 61a (Transkription des Violinkonzerts op. 61), Musik zu einem Ritterballett Nr. 1–12, Wellingtons Sieg op. 91 (Teile 1/2) Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt unter Howard Griffiths Rondeau 4-037408-01521-9
28.09.2018 2018 The Rachmaninov Preludes Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie op. 3 (Nr. 2), 10 Préludes op. 23, 13 Préludes op. 32 Berlin Classics 0301075BC
23.08.2019 2019 Paderewski & Chopin: Piano Concertos Chopin Klavierkonzert No. 1 in e-moll

und Paderewski Klavierkonzert in a-moll

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie unter Shiyeon Sung Berlin Classics B07T4RYMLT
14.08.2020 2020 Trio Machiavelli: Ravel & Chausson Maurice Ravel: Klaviertrio a-Moll & Ernest Chausson: Klavierquartett A-Dur op. 30 Solenne Païdassi, Tristan Cornut, Adrien Boisseau Berlin Classics
19.03.2021 2020 Pastorale Symphony No.6, Op. 68 "Pastorale" (Arr. von Liszt) Berlin Classics
30.04.2021 2020 Cipriani Potter: Orchestral Works Symphonie Nr.1 g-moll, Introduktion und Rondo alla militaire für Klavier und Orchester Es-Dur BBC National Orchestra of Wales unter Howard Griffith CPO B0915V5NNB
10.09.2021 2021 Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccatas und Fugen Toccata in d-Moll, Busoni-Transkription von BWV 565, Toccaten BWV 910-916 Berlin Classics 0302016BC
17.03.2023 2023 Beethoven: Septett & Eroica Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica", Septett E-Flat Major, Op. 20 CHAARTS Chamber Artists Berlin Classics
20.08.2023 2023 META Schubert Sonatas 894, 958, 959, 960, Drei Klavierstücke 946, 4 Lieder, Aufenthalt and Liebsbotschaft by Liszt Thomas Bauer Berlin Classics


  1. ^ Holze, Guido. "Claire Huangci: "Spielen wie ein dicker Russe"". FAZ.NET (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  2. ^ 钢琴家:珂莱? 黄慈 July 24, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2019. (in Chinese)
  3. ^ "Pianistin Claire Huanggci, BR Klassik (Bayerischer Rundfunk)" (in German). March 3, 2018. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ All Music: Claire Huanci, Biography, retrieved November 10, 2019
  5. ^ "Concours Geza Anda, Biography Claire Huangci". Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Top Stories.
  7. ^ "2010 – 8th Competition". Chopin Foundation of the United States. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  8. ^ ARD International Music Competition 2011
  9. ^ "Überragende Siegerin - Claire Huangci gewinnt den Concours Géza Anda, SRF, June 13, 2018" (in German). Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Biography Claire Huangci, (in German)
  11. ^ "Concours Geza Anda, Biography Claire Huangci". Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.

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