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Xiaoping Wang


BIO:

Texas-born piano prodigy Xiaoping Wang first began his piano studies at age five studying with Dr. Oscar Macchioni at the University of Texas, where his musical gifts were recognized at an early age. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age seven performing Beethoven, and by age eight made his concerto debut with orchestra performing a concerto by J.S. Bach. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies with Meng-Chieh Liu, Brenda Huang, Sandro Tsomaia, winning in 3rd prize in the Sejong Music Competition in 2012. In 2013 Xiaoping began studies with Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger and subsequently won Honorable Mention in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and a $9,000 Full Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions in Piano in 2014, followed by a Second Prize in the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Xiaoping has also studied chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago, Midwest Young Artists, Montecito Music Festival in California and at Summit Music Festival in New York- where he was the only pianist in both Junior and Senior divisions selected to be a finalist in the Mary Smart Concerto Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention. In September 2015, he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy where he began studying with Dr. T. J. Lymenstull, while continuing private coachings with Ms. Merdinger when back in Chicago. He has participated in Master Classes and has had additional lessons or coachings with Efrem Briskin, Vadim Monastirsky, Phillip Kawin, and Lydia Boguslavsky.

 Xiaoping's repertoire includes both mature and virtuosic pieces such as Liszt's Paganini Etude No. 6, Beethoven's Sonatas Op. 10 No. 3 and Op. 53, Chopin's Ballade No.1, Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, plus numerous works by Mozart, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. His chamber music repertoire includes works for piano and strings by Beethoven, Dvorak, Schumann, and Brahms.  His concerto repertoire includes Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Chopin.  In 2017 Xiaoping will perform Saint-Saen's Concerto No.2 with FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Illinois and will compete in several national and international competitions. In addition to Carnegie Hall, Xiaoping has also performed in Chicago at the Chicago Public Library, several Steinway Piano Galleries, and Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, amongst others.

 In addition to his passionate gift for music, Xiaoping also loves to read, swim, watch movies and play video games. He aspires to pursue a double degree in college for Piano Performance and for Computer Science and Programming.

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