"One always feels besides the brilliance of Claire Huangci's performance, a sense of depth in her music-making."
Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, celebrated as a prodigy and playing in a concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Since then, Claire has been awarded many grants, performed numerous concerts and won several prizes, long out-growing the image of a prodigy and coming into her artistic maturity. With her technical brilliance, deep musical expression, playful virtuosity and her keen sensibility, she captures her audiences all over the world.
Though she only realized in her late teenage years that the piano would be her calling, at 21 years old she won Second Prize at the 2011 International ARD Competition as its youngest participant.
A special companion to her musical development has been the music of Frédéric Chopin. She was skeptical first, especially towards his challenging etudes, but fell in love with his ballads and sonatas. Over the years, her special bond with Chopin has deepened even further, having won First Prize at the 2009 International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany, as well as the First and Special Prize at the 2010 International Chopin Competition in Miami, USA. Thanks to these achievements, Claire Huangci is already regarded as one of the premiere Chopin interpreters of her generation.
Claire Huangci has acquired a diverse repertoire and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation. She regularly proves her diversity and interpretational skills performing with well-known orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrucken, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony as well as the Istanbul State Symphony. The world premiere of Cord Meijering's piano concerto ISIS with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt was a great success, and her concert with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg is one of the highlights of the 2014/15 season. Claire Huangci has performed in international concert venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Salle Cortot, Oji Hall Tokyo and Symphony Hall Osaka, also being guest artist at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Lodz Rubinstein Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Mozartfest Würzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.
In the summer of 2013, her solo debut recording of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev was released by Berlin Classics, presenting Claire Huangci as an independent and impressive artist.
Claire Huangci studied with Elanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Arie Vardi at the Musikhochschule Hannover since 2007.