Xiaoxi Wu wins third place in International Mozart Competition

Wu with Julius Schmalz, president of the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce

Pianist Xiaoxi Wu ’11MM won third prize in the International Mozart Competition in Austria earlier this year.

The competition takes place in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, at the Universität Mozarteum. In its 10th edition this year, it focused on the repertoire for piano and violin. The orchestral rounds featured the Camerata Salzburg, and Dennis Russell Davis conducted the final round. Jury members this year included Robert Levin, Fou Tsong, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Jean-Bernard Pommeir, Pual Gulda, and Maria Tipo.

Xiaoxi Wu was born in 1983 in Beijing and began her study at the age of seven with Mingsun Zhou. In 2002, Xiaoxi was admitted to the Gnesins Academy of Music in Moscow, where she began to study with Alexey Skavronsky. She received her B.A. degree in 2006 and the M.M.A. degree in 2008. In 2004, she was awarded the Grand Prix at the Kiev International Music Competition, and in 2007 she was awarded a Diploma for Professional Mastery and Artistry from the Russian Composers Union. She also won third prize at the Fourth Europe-Asia International Piano Competition in memory of Stanislav Neuhaus, as well as an Honorable Diploma in the Thirteenth Piano Ccompetition in Andorra. Xiaoxi has performed in many concert halls in Moscow and has given regular recitals in the National Philharmonic Society of many cities in Russia.

Published May 16, 2011
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New edition of Prokofiev piano sonatas, edited by Boris Berman

photo of Boris Berman in Sprague HallShanghai Music Publishing House has published the complete Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev in a new performance edition by Boris Berman.

Berman, a member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1984, is a recognized authority on the music of Prokofiev. This bilingual (English-Chinese) publication contains various recommendations for performers. Berman compared the text of the sonatas with manuscripts and first editions, and corrected numerous errors that had been perpetuated by countless editions and recordings. This is the most reliable edition of Prokofiev’s sonatas currently available.

The edition is sold only in China; buyers outside of China can contact the e-mail address in Hong Kong.

Published May 16, 2011
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