Meet the Artist!
Reception will follow the performance.
General Admission $25.00
Hanzhi Wang, Accordianist
Photo by Matt Dine
Musical America Worldwide New Artist of the Month, July 2018
First Prize, 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
First Prize, 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition (Italy)
Peter P. Marino Debut Prize of YCA
Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA
Ruth Laredo Award of YCA
Candlelight Concert Society Prize
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Prize
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Prize
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize
Tannery Pond Concerts Prize
University of Florida Performing Arts Prize
Usedom Music Festival Prize
Vancouver Recital Society Prize
Washington Performing Arts Prize
COMMUNITIES DIGITAL NEWS (Washington, DC):
"Ms. Wang dazzled all at the full house at the Kennedy Center with her
skills and musicianship. She offered a program of surprisingly daring and eclectic
repertoire, including a wide range of classical repertoire explored so masterfully that
it seems as if these works had actually been written for the accordion in the first place.
It was a genuinely eye-opening evening. Hanzhi Wang is undoubtedly well on her way
to a brilliant career that is certain to be much discussed."
OBERON’S GROVE (New York): "Hanzhi Wang gave a remarkable performance. She displayed staggering virtuosity and
a gift for drawing colors and magical dynamics from her accordion. It was an inspiring mixture of
passion and finesse. Putting a regal polish on every phrase, her sparkling
technique held the audience in a state of breathlessness, as thrilling to watch as to hear."
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY: "Hanzhi Wang isn’t the first accordionist to specialize in classical music, but she is the first one ever
to earn inclusion on the Young Concert Artists roster. That’s a pretty big deal. Nothing beats the
plaintive lusciousness of Wang’s instrument of choice. She has a magically dynamic new album, and
her Carnegie Hall debut in Zankel Hall is one of THE big accordion events of the year in New York."
Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 58-year history. Ms. 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, DC debut opened the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.
In 2018, Musical America named Hanzhi Wang "New Artist of the Month" and Naxos released its first-ever solo accordion CD, Ms. Wang’s “On the Path to H.C. Andersen.” It features music by Danish composers including “The Little Match Girl,” written for her by Martin Lohse. Ms. 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.
As First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Wang won performance prizes with the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, MD; the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, FL; the Tri-I Noon Recitals at Rockefeller University in New York City; the Vancouver Recital Society; Tannery Pond Concerts (NY), the Usedom (Germany) Festival; the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (NC); the University of Florida Performing Arts Prize; and at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Additional engagements include appearances for IRIS Orchestra in Tennessee, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and YCA alumnus Alexander Fiterstein’s Clarinet Academy in Minneapolis.
Ms. 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.
A Young Concert Artists Fellowship for Hanzhi Wang for the 2018-19 Season has been sponsored by Alan & Judy Kosloff and Mike Lubin & Anne-Marie McDermott. In addition, she holds YCA’s Ruth Laredo Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA.
Ms. 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 as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.