The 2018 Changsha International Guitar Festival will take place from July 11-15 2018. Entries for the competition are now open. The first prize in the open competition is US$10,000 plus a concert tour in China in 2019. This year's set piece is a brand new work by Maestro Leo Brouwer, commissioned by the festival. Competitors from both inside and outside China will be made equally welcome at the festival. Xuefei is Artistic Director of the festival.
The National Concert Hall in Dublin is presenting the Xuefei Yang Guitar Series - a series of three concerts featuring Xuefei & guest artists associated with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The third concert of the series will feature Xuefei in a chamber music setting with colleagues from the RIAM on 26th April 2018.
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 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.