Saturday 6th April 2013
Xuefei Yang, guitar
William Walton, Five Bagatelles
Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata [originally for violin]
Franz Schubert, Songs [arr. Mertz]
Benjamin Britten, Nocturnal
& works by Nikita Koshkin
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 with leading orchestras and as a solo chamber musician.
Fei records exclusively for EMI Classics
‘The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a stunningly virtuosic arrangement for solo guitar of the G minor Violin Sonata BWV1001, where Xuefei Yang proved to be a most impressive advocate for her instrument.’ The Strad Magazine
‘One of the most extraordinary intrumentalists in the world. Ms Yang plays her Spanish music, like her other music, fabulously; with sparkle, clarity and flair’ The New York Sun
Watch and listen to Xuefei Yang play below.
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Admission: £15.00; £5.00 [YP/Student]