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Last updated: 13th November 2014

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Recital with tenor Ian Bostridge at The Globe

"Songs from Our Ancestors" - the critically acclaimed collaboration between British tenor Ian Bostridge & Xuefei, offers a program of music by Dowland, Schubert, Britten, Argento & Goss. Sunday 30th November, 2.30pm.

Share in the Songs from Our Ancestors in the intimate setting of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London.

Tickets available now.


Duet recital with Craig Ogden - Oxford

Xuefei and fellow guitarist Craig Ogden will be performing together at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, on 28th November at 7.30pm.

The two exceptional guitiarsts will take you on a journey from Spain to Brazil, Argentina and Australia.

More details at the Music at Oxford site.

Tickets are available now.


North East, North West and Scotland

Xuefei will be participating in IGF's North East Guitar Festival in Gateshead this October; the RCS's Big Guitar Weekend in Glasgow; and the Kendal Concert Club in November.

At the International Guitar Foundation event in Gateshead, Xuefei will be giving a recital at The Sage on October 19th at 8.00pm, and a workshop earlier in the day at 1.00pm.

At Glasgow's "Big Guitar Weekend," Xuefei will be giving a recital and masterclass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The concert is at 7pm on November 1st, with the masterclass at 10.30am on November 2nd.

Xuefei will be giving a recital at Kendal Town Hall on November 26th.

More details on the schedule page.


In Tune, BBC Radio 3

Xuefei will be appearing on Radio 3's In Tune program on Thursday 27th November, ahead of her duo recital with tenor Ian Bostridge at the Globe on Sunday 30th November.

Tune in to hear the interview, and live music.

Listen to the program live here (program starts 4.30pm).



Xuefei will be giving a recital at Red Maid's Performing Arts Centre in Bristol at 7.30pm on 22nd November.

The following morning Xuefei will be giving a masterclass at 11.30am at the Brunswick Club, for the Bristol Classical Guitar Society.

More details and links to the promoters website can be found on the schedule page.


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.


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 will be gave the world premiere at her recital at King's Place London on October 22nd.


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.


Kings Place, London

Xuefei participated in the 2014 London Guitar Festival.

Xuefei gave a recital at King's Place on October 22nd, and a workshop on October 25th.

The recital included world premieres of new works by Stephen Goss, and Philip Cashian.


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.


Australia tour

During late September and early October, Xuefei toured in Australia.  She played a series of concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as a set of solo concerts.  Venues included several in and around Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, and Tasmania. 


 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.

 Shuo Chang 

Xuefei is performing 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.


 Exclusive interview with Gramophone 

See Gramophone magazine's exclusive interview with Xuefei.




 Gramophone Awards 

Julian Bream, tenor Ian Bostridge, & Xuefei  at this years 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.


Live performances 

Enjoy Xuefei's live recitals in November & December  !

> Glasgow, UK - Nov 1
> Bristol, UK - Nov 22
> Kendal, UK - Nov 26
> Oxford (with Craig Ogden), UK - Nov 28
> London (with Ian Bostridge), UK - Nov 30
> Pescara, Italy - Dec 20 

More details on the schedule page

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.  

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 !

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