Rising Star to Give Free UPB Concert

Issue Date: 
October 29, 2007

Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang, whose musical talents have been called “poetic” by The New York Sun, will perform in concert next month at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Wang, who has performed with major orchestras in Europe and Asia, will perform works from the classical, romantic, and modern eras during a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The event is part of the campus’ annual Spectrum Series.

“Having moved to the United States recently, she is still building her reputation here,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford, “but anyone who has followed her career abroad knows that in a few years from now, it will be unlikely that we will be able to afford her fee.”

Her repertoire includes works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmoninoff, and Medtner, as well as compositions by American composers such as George Gershwin and George Perle.

Wang, who studied in China at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, has won numerous awards, most notably in the United States at the Manhattan School of Music, where she won the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and Roy M. Rubinstein Award.

Having played throughout China, she gave award-winning performances there at the National Piano Competition, Zhou National Piano Competition, Hang Zhou Instrumental Competition, and Zhe Jiang Competition.Wang has performed at master classes taught by such eminent pianists as Byron Janis, Eugene Istomin, Yefim Bronfman, David Dubal, and Joseph Kalichstein.

For more information about the concert, call 814-362-5027.