Xuefei Yang is hailed as a musical pioneer. Born in Beijing and now based in the UK, she was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school (Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music), the first guitarist to give a recital in Beijing National Center of Performing Arts, and the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international professional career.
Ms. Yang’s first public performance was at the age of ten, and it received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador to China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo; when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatory especially for her and other advanced students. Ms. Yang then became the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music. In recognition of her distinguished career, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in June 2012.
Ms. Yang enjoys an international career. Her engagements in the 2013/14 season include performances with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Luzern Quartet. Following on from the critical praise Ms. Yang received for her contribution to Ian Bostridge’s album “Britten Songs” which also featured Sir Antonio Pappano, she will partner Bostridge in a recital at the Philarharmonie Cologne this fall. Ms. Yang’s commitment as a recitalist will see her appear across the world throughout the season including engagements in San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Baltimore, Miami, New York, Vermont, Seoul, Taiwan, Brussels, London’s Wigmore Hall, & Bath.
Ms. Yang records exclusively for EMI Classics. Her debut album, Romance de Amor, won a gold disc in Hong Kong, and her second, 40 Degrees North, was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine. Her latest solo disc “Sojourn” is compilation disc which features the music of J. S. Bach amongst others. Since she premiered Equipoise by Timothy Salter, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group, Ms. Yang has committed herself to expanding the guitar repertoire, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music to the repertoire.
This biography must not be edited without the permission of Askonas Holt Ltd.