Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 57-year history of discovering extraordinary musicians.
Her concert career has already taken her around the globe with performances in Europe and Asia. Ms. Wang will make her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, opening the 2018-19 season in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her Washington, DC debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center will be co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.
A First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was awarded numerous special performance prizes for upcoming concerts with the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, MD; the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, FL; the Tri-I Noon Recitals at Rockefeller University in New York City; the Vancouver Recital Society; Tannery Pond, the Usedom (Germany) Festival; the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle; the University of Florida Performing Arts Prize; and the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois/Urbana. Ms. Wang also appears next season with IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee, at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and at YCA alumnus’s Alexander Fiterstein Clarinet Academy in Minneapolis.
To inspire the next generation of young accordionists, Ms. Wang has lectured and given master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, the International Summer Campus of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Tianjin Music Conservatory and Beijing’s Capital Normal University. She has served on the jury for the Accordion Competition of Rome, the International Accordion Festival in Alcobaça, Portugal, and the International Castelfidardo Accordion Music Competition in Italy.
In August 2018 Naxos will release its first-ever solo accordion CD, Ms. Wang’s “In the Path of H.C. Andersen.” It features works by Danish composers including “The Little Match Girl,” written for her by Martin Lohse. Ms. Wang’s artistry has been recognized by other contemporary composers as well, with works dedicated to her by James Black and Sophia Gubaidulina, with whom she has worked extensively.
Hanzhi Wang holds the Ruth Laredo Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.