This Thanksgiving holiday, starting Wednesday, November 27, until Sunday, December 1, we are honored to be hosting two of the premier young talents on the piano Ziang Xu and Muen Vanessa Wei.
Ziang Xu has distinguished himself in several international competitions including the Grand Prize of our own Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Competition. Xu most recently garnered the first prize at the 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition in 2018. His prizes and awards include first prizes in Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.”
Dr. Muen Vanessa Wei has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills.”(The News-Gazette) She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Dr. Wei has collaborated with great musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Henry Gronnior, Peter Lloyd, Ko Iwasaki and Stan Sharp, among others. Dr. Wei also performed in many prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Montecito International Music Festival. In July 2017, she was invited to give a solo recital at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the US State Department.
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