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.
In July 2018 Hanzhi Wang was named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America. In August 2018 Naxos releases 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 by Sophia Gubaidulina, with whom she has worked extensively.
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.
In 2015, Ms. Wang won the 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy, and she has served on the jury for the Accordion Competition of Rome and Portugal’s International Accordion Festival. To inspire the next generation of young accordionists, Ms. Wang has appeared at numerous universities and festivals to lecture, perform and give master classes, including the Manhattan School of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Tianjin Music Conservatory, Beijing’s Capital Normal University, Tilburg and Gent Music Conservatories (Belgium), and the inaugural 2018 Nordaccordion Festival in Norway.
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.