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Last updated: 24th June 2015

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Number 1 in HK 

Xuefei's latest Heartstrings entered the HK Classical charts this week (June 24) at number 1 !

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

Heartstrings is available here.




"Learn & Conquer" repertoire books 

Xuefei now 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 techincally.


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



New video - Salut d'Amour

A brand new video of Xuefei's own transcription of Salut d'Amour by Sir Edward Elgar.

The video was filmed on location in the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Worcestershire.

This piece also features on her new CD, Heartstrings.



New video - Fisherman's Song at Eventide

A brand new 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 new CD, Heartstrings.



Heartstrings - new CD available

Xuefei's latest CD is available in HK from June 15th.  It can be purchased  here.

For this recording, Xuefei chose repertoire that was close to her own heart, hence the title.  Click for the full track-listing.

The recording features some of Xuefei's own transcriptions, including "Fisherman's Song at Eventide" a traditional guzheng (Chinese 13-string zither) piece; Manuel de Falla's "Spanish Dance" from La Vide Breve, often played on two guitars; and Elgar's beautiful "Salut d'Amour."



Cover story in HK

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



Changsha Festival & Competitions

Xuefei has become the Artistic Director of the Changsha International FestIval in China.

The next festival will take place from July 26-30 2015, and will include a guitar competition and composition competition.

First prize in the guitar competition is US$5,000, plus a guitar, plus a six concert tour in China.

The composition competition for guitar (the very first in China), has a US$1,000 first prize and the winning piece will be published internationally by Dobermann.  The winning piece will will also be performed at the 2016 Changsha International Guitar Festival.  The judges are the Chinese American composer Prof Yi. Chen, and Dr. Kenneth Kwan.  Note the deadline should read July 15th.

More details here.   Festival website here.



USA recitals

In June, Xuefei will be performing at the Boston GuitarFest, and at GFA.

Dates are :

- June 19th : recital, Boston
- June 20th : masterclass, Boston
- June 25th : recital, GFA (Oklahoma)
- June 27th : masterclass, GFA (Oklahoma)


More details and links on the schedule page.


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King's Place, London

Xuefei and David Russell will be running the classical course at the 2015 IGF Guitar Summit in London from July 23rd to July 26th.  Xuefei will be playing a recital in London at King's Place on Saturday July 25th.

More details of the courseconcert here.




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Extensive tour with tenor Ian Bostridge

Tenor Ian Bostridge & Xuefei will be continuing their critically acclaimed collaboration with a major tour in the final quarter of 2015.

They will be performing in UK, Norway, Germany, Shanghai, Hong Kong, & Korea.

More details to follow later in the year.


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Independent article 

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

Read the article online here.


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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 on October 22nd.


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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 on October 22nd.


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Australian premiere of Tan Dun's Yi2 Concerto

Xuefei gave the Australian premiere of Tan Dun's Yi2 Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, on October 2nd 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.


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China premiere of Albeniz Concerto   

Xuefei gave the China premiere of Steven Goss' "The Albeniz Concerto" on July 6th at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, with the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hu Yongyan.


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 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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Videos on You Tube - July

Enjoy this selection of videos on You Tube featuring music from Xuefei's latest recording, Sojourn :

Bach's Prelude BWV846, &

Bach's Air on G String, from BWV1068, &

Gerald Garcia's arrangement of Plum Blossoms in the Snow.


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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 has 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.  


Live performances

Enjoy Xuefei's live recitals in next few months !


> Netherlands - Jun 10
> Boston, USA - Jun 19
> Oklahoma, USA - Jun 25
> Budleigh Salterton, UK - Jul 14, 15
> Changsha, China - Jul 27-30

More details on the schedule page

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 !