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Last updated: 21st June 2016

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Concerts in July

Enjoy one of the forthcoming live concerts :
> Beijing, China - July 2
> Shanghai, China - July 8
> Postojna, Slovenia - July 15
> Changsha, China - July 19

More details on the schedule page

2016 Changsha Festival & Competitions

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

This year's festival takes place July 19th-23rd, and will include concerts, classes, a guitar competition and a composition competition.

The details of the 2016 festival have just been announced. 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 2017. Entry details are on the website.

South Korea & Hong Kong Tour

This November, Xuefei will perform in :
> Seoul, concerto with Seoul Phil - Nov 11
> Seoul, chamber recital - Nov 12
> HK, concerto with HK Phil - Nov 18
> HK, concerto with HK Phil - Nov 19
More details on the schedule page

Australia Tour

Late October & early November :
> Solo recital, Tasmania - Oct 22
> Masterclass, Melbourne - Nov 2
> Solo recital, Melbourne - Nov 3

More details on the schedule page

Five weeks at number 1  

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

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 - 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 now available.  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 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 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 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" on July 6th 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.

 Exclusive interview with Gramophone 

See Gramophone magazine's exclusive interview with Xuefei.



 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.

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 !