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Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.  She is hailed as a musical pioneer - with a fascinating story of rising from the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution as the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, to becoming an internationally acclaimed professional performer on the world stage.    Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.  Her international success has led her to be invited to many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, and the Herbst Theatre San Francisco. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital in the Beijing National Center of Performing Arts. She performs chamber music regularly and has collaborated with musicians such as Jian Wang, Natalie Clein, Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, Sir James Galway and the Elias String Quartet.  Fei is one of the few guitarists who is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scotland National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, & Detroit Symphony Orchestra.   Fei’s engagements in the 2014/15 season include return performances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and her Australian debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is also a committed recitalist and will be following on from the critical success she received in collaboration with Ian Bostridge on his album “Britten Songs” with a recital at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and a major tour across Asia. Fei’s dedication as a recitalist will see her appear across the world throughout the season. Her engagements include appearances in Sydney, Dallas, New York, Oklahoma, China, Istanbul, London’s Kings Place (where she is giving two world premieres), Oxford, and Bristol. Since Xuefei premiered “Equipoise” by Timothy Salter, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group, she has continued her journey to expand the guitar repertoire, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music.  She has made substantial new contributions both with her own arrangements and by commissioning new compositions.   This season sees her giving at least three world premiere performances. Fei has made several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Her first recording received a gold disc & her second was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine.  Several of the recordings reflect Fei’s interest in expanding the repertoire.  A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring the music of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez also included a new Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss commissioned by EMI for Fei.   Another recording of “Bach Concertos” featured Xuefei’s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J.S. Bach.  In 2013, Britten’s centenary year, Xuefei made a critically acclaimed appearance on Ian Bostridge’s “Britten Songs” album.  Xuefei’s latest recording of solo guitar music, “Heartstrings,” will be released by Decca in Spring 2015, and again includes new transcriptions and original works for guitar. Fei’s musical interests extend beyond the boundaries of classical music.  She has had a wide range of successful collaborations with artists in other fields, including: pop musicians John Miles, & China’s Leo Ku, & Jian Li; cross-over artist David Garrett; and Spanish flamenco dancer Raquel de Luna. Fei has also appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, a BBC documentary ‘The Story of Guitar’, and China Central Television, who made a biographical documentary on Fei.   The UK classical music magazine, Classic FM, named Xuefei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time.  In recognition of her distinguished career, Fei was awarded ‘Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music’ in June 2012. Xuefei was born in Beijing, & is a graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatoire of Music (the first ever guitarist), and went on to become the first Chinese musician to receive a full scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a professional musician, Xuefei is now based in the UK.

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