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Last updated: 11th January 2015

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Concerts with Halle & ECO

In February 2015, Xuefei will be performing with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Jamie Phillips, and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Akira Mori.

Repertoire includes guitar concertos by Rodrigo & Tedesco.

Dates, venues and more detail on the schedule page



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USA tour

In March, Xuefei will be touring in the USA. The schedule includes solo recitals, masterclasses, and a presentation.

Dates are :

- March 3rd & 4th : Milwaukee
- March 5th, 6th & 7th : Dallas, Texas
- March 12th & 13th : New York


More details and links on the schedule page.


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Istanbul recital

Xuefei will be giving a Valentine's Day recital at The Seed in Istanbul.

The repertoire will be matched to the romantic mood of this special day.

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


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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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Artistic Director of Changsha Festival

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

The next festival will take place in July 2015, and will include a competition. 

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

More details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on this site.


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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 February 2015 !


> Manchester, UK (with Halle Orchestra) - Feb 5
> Sheffield, UK (with English Chamber Orchestra) - Feb 7
> Istanbul, Turkey - Feb 14
> Reading, UK (with English Chamber Orchestra) - Feb 18
> Birmingham, UK (with Di Xiao and JiaXin Cheng) - Feb 20
> Beijing, China - Feb 28

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 !