“Huangci was an infant prodigy of stunning virtuosity and has now become a talented artist.” This statement by the jury of the 2018 Geza Anda Competition, who awarded First Prize to the young pianist, perfectly describes the development of the artist in recent years.
Claire Huangci studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman, and from 2007 at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover under Arie Vardi. She was awarded Second Prize at the 2011 edition of the Internationaler ARD Musikwettbewerb and First Prize at the Chopin Competitions in Darmstadt and Miami, and was the youngest competitor at all three events. Subsequently, she gave solo recitals and performed with famous ensembles (Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart conducted by Roger Norrington, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Radio) at renowned concert venues the world over (Carnegie Hall/New York, Konzerthaus/Vienna and Berlin, Gasteig/Munich, Gewandhaus/Leipzig, Elbphilharmonie/Hamburg, Symphony Hall/Osaka).
After a debut CD with works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, Claire recorded a double album with Scarlatti’s sonatas that was awarded two prizes (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and Editor’s Choice of the Gramophone magazine), a third CD with Chopin’s Nocturnes that was highly praised by critics and a fourth album with all Préludes by Rachmaninoff, released in 2018 on the Berlin Classics/Edel label.