Astonishing Accordion!
Place & Time
Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington MA 01230 USA
October 12, 2019
5:00 PM

This concert features the first accordionist to ever join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its fifty-seven years of existence, Hanzhi Wang, who will dazzle us with her virtuosity.

The program will include:

J.S BACH Arr. Busoni - Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004  

SCARLATTI - Sonata in A, K323L 95

                     - Sonata in F, K378: L276

                      - Sonata in E, K162: L21

RAMEAU - Selections from Pièces de Clavecin 
                       L’ Egyptienne
                       La Livri
                       Le rappel des oiseaux

SCHNITTKE  - Revis Fairy Tale  

GRIEG  - Holberg Suite 


Additional Information

Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, the groundbreaking young musician Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 58-year history, and her hour-long interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase marked the first appearance of a solo accordionist on the program.

In 2018, Musical America named Hanzhi Wang “New Artist of the Month,” and Naxos released its first-ever solo accordion CD, Ms. Wang’s “On the Path to H.C. Andersen.” It features music by Danish composers including “The Little Match Girl,” written for her by Martin Lohse, and was nominated for the prestigious DR (Danish Radio) P2 Prize 2019. In addition to Mr. Lohse, Ms. Wang’s artistry has also been recognized by other contemporary composers, with works dedicated to her by James Black and Sophia Gubaidulina, with whom she has worked extensively.

First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Wang’s debut opened the Young Concert Artists Series in New York in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and her Washington, DC debut opened the 40th Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.

A Young Concert Artists Fellowship for Hanzhi Wang for the 2018-19 Season has been sponsored by Alan & Judy Kosloff and Mike Lubin & Anne-Marie McDermott. In addition, she holds YCA’s Ruth Laredo Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA.

Ms. Wang earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student.

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