Concert by Xuefei Yang
International Classical Guitar Festival
One of the best classical guitarists in the world plays at St Andrews Church in the lovely Westdean College park near Chichester.
Born in Beijing, now based in the UK, Xuefei Yang (Fei) is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.
Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music & instruments were banned, the fascinating story of Fei’s rise to the world stage, is that of a musical pioneer. She was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.
Prodigious musical talent was evident at all stages.
Her first public appearance at the age of ten, at the China International Guitar Festival, received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. The composer Rodrigo attended her debut concert in Madrid when she was fourteen and in 1995, when John Williams came to Beijing, he was so impressed with her playing that he gave two of his own Smallman guitars to her Conservatory especially for Fei and other top students to play.
Yang has won numerous prizes in music competitions including the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, the San Francisco International Guitar Competition and the Young Concert Artist International competition in the United States, and the Darwin International Guitar Competition in Australia. She was awarded first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award by the City of London's Worshipful Company of Musicians, and won the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for a recital at Fairfield Hall, Croydon.
"Selected as one of Classic FM's "100 Best Artists,"" Classic FM, July 2009
"The guitar world has a new star." Gramophone, July 2008
"..who is Ms. Yang? A Chinese classical guitarist, and, really, one of the most extraordinary instrumentalists in the world." New York Sun, June 2008
""Xuefei Yang is already among the best guitarists in the world." Badische Zeitung, (English translation), July 2002
Tickets just £15.