New album, Guitar Favourites, out now on Decca. My personal
interpretations of some quintessential guitar repertoire
from my musical journey along a path less travelled.
Magna Carta makes #12 on the USA Billboard charts; #4 on
the UK Official Charts; & Gramophone charts; #3 on
Magna Carta - the complete guitar works of John Brunning is
now available in digital & physical formats.
Grateful to Classic FM and Alexander Armstrong - Magna
Carta was selected as the Classic FM album of the week.
The final movement of the Concerto Magna Carta by English
composer and radio broadcaster John Brunning - the latest
single from my new album Magna Carta is out now !
Performed with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell.
The complete guitar works of English composer and radio
presenter John Brunning. Featuring the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Clark Rundell, & a
guest appearance from cellist Johannes Moser.
Digital & CD both available globally on pre-order now.
A new EP - Winter Songs - out now !
For this charming and captivating EP, Xuefei has carefully selected four pieces exploring the warmth of winter festivities during the coldest and darkest of the seasons. Christmas carols from Catalonia and Paraguay, and a New Year’s greeting from a King to his people, contrast with the poignant feelings of a newly arrived Brazilian émigré facing a Parisian winter. Recorded in Spatial Audio.
A limited number of physical CD's are available for purchase (Sketches of China, Colours of Brazil, Heartstrings). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
A new EP on Apple Music featuring six popular songs from West and East, including music by Gershwin and The Beatles
Premiere showing of my concert at the historic Zhizhu Temple in Beijing is taking place Saturday 1st May at 7:30pm PDT on YouTube. The concert is being broadcast by OMNI Foundation in San Francisco. The concert will remain available online after the premiere too.
The reviews of Sketches of China are now in! Read the summaries on the album page
My new double album, Sketches of China, is now available It's the result of a long-cherished desire to showcase the breadth and depth of Chinese music on my own chosen instrument - guitar. Enjoy the video - it gives an overview of the album, an insight into how it was made, and contains music from the album too. More details on the recording page.
Mezzo TV are broadcasting the 2019 Bastille Day concert where I performed with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Alain Altinoglu, and also with tenor Roberto Alagna. It took place the Champs de Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
During this lockdown period I am performing a series of lighter repertoire from the natural, relaxing setting of my own back garden. Here's one of the series. Hope you enjoy it !
Now available online - Heartstrings ! A collection of beautiful minatures on guitar.
Listen to the very first recording of John Brunning's Romance No.3. It features on Xuefei's EP "One Day in November."
New video for Guitar Salon International. Eterna Saudade by Dilermando Reis, played on a guitar from 1925 !
Another new video for Guitar Salon International. Xuefei plays Juan Martin's version of Zambra Mora on another guitar from 1925 !
Xuefei is on the cover of the final paper edition of Classical Guitar Magazine. Available now !
"Milonga del Angel" features virtuosic duos for guitar and violin; Xuefei on guitar with winner of the renowned Paganini competition, Mengla Huang, on violin. The recording is available digitally on the usual platforms such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify etc. More details on the recordings page.
The 2020 Changsha International Guitar Festival is currently postponed, as are most events globally, due to the corona virus. Revised plans will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy !
Xuefei was awarded an Honary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The award was presented by the Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, after touching speech made by Head of Guitar, Mark Ashford.
Xuefei and Zhang Weiliang (xiao) give the world premier of
Xiang He Ge, composed by Joel Hoffman for the duo.
The concert was filmed in the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.
A new twenty minute documentary, "Talking about Music -
Xuefei Yang," (in Mandarin) made by China's Wuxi TV.
For non-Mandarin speakers, there are some new live music clips too :
- 3m52s : Vivaldi RV158 (with iMusici)
- 10m19s : Lamentos do Morro (solo)
- 17m44s : Tango en Skai (with iMusici), worth watching until the end of the program.
Xuefei made the list of top 6 classical guitarists in BBC Music Magazine, and is one of three classical guitarists to make the top 50 women guitarists in Guitar Player magazine.
This 30 minute documentary about Xuefei was broadcast on
Chinese National TV earlier this year.
It's in Chinese but has lots of music and many interesting behind the scenes insights.
Xuefei's latest solo album features the guitar music of Brazil. Winner of HiFi's 2017 Best Instrumental Album.
China TV's (English language) "Icon" program recently dedicated a 30 minute episode to Xuefei.
Xuefei continues her successful collaboration with British tenor Ian Bostridge. Songs from Our Ancestors is the very first release by Globe Music, a new record label from Shakespeare's Globe. The CD received a double five-star review from BBC Music Magazine (Xmas 2016 edition).
Xuefei has arranged three well known Chinese pieces for solo guitar.
Flowing Water, dating from the Ming Dynasty & originally for guqin; and Sword Dance, inspired by a poem from the Tang Dynasty, & originally for liuqin ; Drunken Ecstasy , attributed to the 3rd century scholar Ruan Ji, & originally for guqin
All three pieces feature on the Songs from our Ancestors recording.
Xuefei has a series of four graded repertoire books for children, beginners, intermediate, & advanced players. In addition to the pieces, the books include Xuefei's suggestions for approaching the pieces either from a technical or musical perspective. This video features a section of a piece from the intermediate book. The series is published by Doberman-Yppan.
Julian Bream was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards in London. In tribute, Ian and Xuefei were invited to perform a selection from Britten's Songs from the Chinese, written for Bream and Peter Pears.
Xuefei received the great honour of being made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music - a title held by at most 300 people at any one time. Xuefei received her award at a ceremony in London from HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.