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Last updated: 6th October 2016

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China TV's "Icon" documentary features Xuefei

Oct and Nov concerts

Enjoy one of the forthcoming live concerts :
> Verona, Italy - Oct 10
> Manchester, UK - Oct 12
> Tasmania, Australia - Oct 22
> Tasmania, Australia - Oct 23
> Melbourne, Australia - Nov 3
> Seoul, Korea - Nov 11
> Seoul, Korea - Nov 12
> Hong Kong - Nov 18
> Hong Kong - Nov 19


Colours of Brazil - new solo CD available

Xuefei's latest solo CD showcases the rich and deep pool of Brazillian guitar music, & celebrates the musicians who shaped Brazilian music during the 20th century and some taking it into the 21st century.

"A few of the names are now internationally recognized but most, while celebrated in Brazil, remain little known outside. It's my desire to bring such music to a wide audience." Xuefei Yang.

It can be purchased here.



Songs from Our Ancestor - new CD available

Following the critially acclaimed success of their recording of Britten's "Songs from the Chinese," Ian Bostridge and Xuefei have collaborated on the inaugral recording of the Globe Music label.  It was recorded in the intimate Sam Wanamaker Theatre on the site of Shakespeare's Globe in London. 

The music reflects the musical ancestry of tenor Ian Bostridge and Xuefei.

More details here.



2017 Changsha Festival & Competitions

Xuefei is the Artistic Director of the Changsha International FestIval in China.

Next year's festival takes place in July 15th-19th, and will include concerts, classes, a guitar competition and a composition competition.

The details of the 2017 festival will be announced later this year. Potential competitors may like to read more about getting to Changsha on Xuefei's 2016 festival page.

The winner of guitar competition will receive a prize of US$10,000 ; a handmade concert guitar ; & a six-concert tour in China during 2018. Entry details will be available on the website.


Five weeks at number 1  

Xuefei's Heartstrings topped the classical charts in HK, for five weeks over the summer 2015 !

A big thank-you to all of you who have bought the CD.

Heartstrings is available here.




"Learn & Conquer" repertoire books 

Xuefei has a series of four repertoire books available, published by Doberman-Yppan. 


There are separate books for :
- children ;

- beginners ;

- intermediate ;

- advanced.


Each book contains repertoire that Xuefei has selected from the Doberman catalogue, along with her own suggestions on how the player might want to approach each piece either musically, or technically.


The books are available from the publisher, Doberman, by following the links above.



New video - Manhã de Carnaval

A brand new video of Xuefei playing Bonfa's classic, "Manhã de Carnaval," (Morning of the Carnival)

This piece also features on her CD, Colours of Brazil.



New video - Sound of Bells

A brand new video of Xuefei playing both parts of a duet version of Permanbuco's "Sons de Carrilhões" (Sound of Bells)

This piece also features on her CD, Colours of Brazil.



Video - Fisherman's Song at Eventide

A video of a traditional Chinese piece - a classic piece for the guzheng (13 string zither).  Xuefei has always loved this piece, and took two months to work out an effective transcription for the 6 strings of the guitar.

This piece also features on her CD, Heartstrings.



Cover story in China

In December 2015, Xuefei made the cover story on the Music Lover Magazine in China.



Cover story in HK

In June 2015, Xuefei made the cover story on the HK audio visual magazine, AV.



Independent article 

The UK newspaper "Independent" had an article on the collaboration between tenor Ian Bostridge and Xuefei.

Read the article online here.

Illustrations from the Book of Songs

By Stephen Goss for Xuefei. A musical impression of scenes from the Chinese classic, the Book of Songs - a collection of poems, many originally set to music which is now long lost. The poems give an insight to the lives of Xuefei's Chinese ancestors almost 4,000 years ago.  Xuefei's name is taken from a poem in this book. Xuefei gave the world premiere at her recital at King's Place, London.

The Thin Night Darkens

Xuefei has received a new piece from composer Phillip Cashian. It is a short nocturne inspired by a line from Dylan Thomas' radio drama, Under Milkwood. The piece was commissioned by IGF.

Xuefei gave the world premiere at her recital at King's Place, London.

Australian premiere of Tan Dun's Yi2 Concerto

Xuefei gave the Australian premiere of Tan Dun's Yi2 Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, in Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

The concerto was written for Sharon Isbin in 1996.  Tan Dun is one of China's most well-known composers and conductors. He wrote the score for the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, as well as the music for the medal ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics. Xuefei also performed Rodrigo's Aranjuez concerto at the same concert.


China premiere of Albeniz Concerto   

Xuefei gave the China premiere of Steven Goss' "The Albeniz Concerto" at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, with the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hu Yongyan.

 Shuo Chang 

Xuefei received a new composition for guitar by Chinese composer Chen Yi - the first piece commissioned for Xuefei from a Chinese composer.

Xuefei gave the world premiere at Wigmore Hall, & the USA premiere in New York.

Chen Yi is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award.

The piece was commissioned for Xuefei by Wigmore Hall and Fondation Hoffman.


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 Exclusive interview with Gramophone 

See Gramophone magazine's exclusive interview with Xuefei.

 

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 Gramophone Awards 

Julian Bream, tenor Ian Bostridge, & Xuefei  at the  Gramophone Award ceremony in London., where Julian Bream was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Ian and Xuefei were invited to perform a selection from their recent recording of Britten's Songs from the Chinese, as a tribute to Julian Bream (Britten wrote this music for  Bream and tenor  Peter Pears).

You can watch the performance (on You Tube) here.  

More photos available here.


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Xuefei honoured by Royal Academy

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. 

See more pictures here.  

Free score available

Click here for a free download of Xuefei's version "Malaguena" from Albeniz's "Espana," as recorded by Xuefei on her Rodrigo CD. 

You can also enjoy an impromptu video of Xuefei performing this piece with flamenco dancer, Raquel de Luna on Xuefei's You Tube channel.

Enjoy !