The Mary Baldwin University Music Department is pleased to announce the next Carl Broman Concert, featuring the brilliant young classical accordion player Hanzhi Wang. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on February 21 in Francis Auditorium on the Mary Baldwin campus. Her appealing program includes works by Bach, Mozart, Piazolla, and Moszkowski.
She will open the program with J.S. Bach’s beautiful Partita in C Minor, a work that was originally written for harpsichord. She will also play Andante in F Major of Mozart, and Piazolla’s popular waltz-tango, Chiquilin de Bachin, along with her own virtuoso arrangement of Moszkowski’s Etincelles, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s mysterious De Profundis.
Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 58-year history. Wang’s debut opened the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and her Washington, D.C., debut opened the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center. In 2018, Musical America named Hanzhi Wang “New Artist of the Month,” and Naxos released its first-ever solo accordion CD, Wang’s On the Path to H.C. Andersen, which features music by Danish composers including “The Little Match Girl,” written for her by Martin Lohse.
Wang’s artistry has also been recognized by other contemporary composers, with works dedicated to her by James Black and Sophia Gubaidulina, with whom she has worked extensively. Wang won First Prize in the 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy, has served on the jury for the Accordion Competition of Rome and Portugal’s International Accordion Festival, and inspired the next generation of accordionists with lectures, performances and master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Tianjin Music Conservatory, Beijing’s Capital Normal University, Tilburg and Ghent Music Conservatories (Belgium), and the inaugural 2018 Nordaccordion Festival in Norway.
Wang 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.
Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for non-MBU students. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit the Music at MBU page.
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