Sunday Telegraph, March 2010
Hong Xu’s career began at a very early age and he made his concerto debut in China at just 16 years old playing Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.
He studied at Wuhan Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY and The Julliard School (where he recently graduated from the much prized Artist Diploma course), under teachers including Liping Jiang, Douglas Humpherys, Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald.
Competition successes include Third Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition (at the age of just 17), Second Prize at the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the Mozart Prize at the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition. Xu is a Laureate of Canada’s 2006 Honens International Piano Competition.
Hong Xu recently made his debuts at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, gave a ten-city recital tour in Germany, recorded his first CD at the Banff Centre and appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra, under such conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Roberto Minczuk and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2008 Xu represented the Julliard School at the Beijing Cultural Olympiad.
He was recently re-invited to the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, made a highly successful debut with the Hallé to which he was re-invited and gave a much acclaimed recital at the Wigmore Hall, London. He will return to the Wigmore Hall in 2012 for a recital to be recorded on the Wigmore Live label and to the Hallé for a series of concerts with their Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz.
As a result of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano in 2010 Hong Xu undertook highly acclaimed last minute replacements in the prestigious recital series in both Vancouver and Middlebury VT to both of which he was immediately re-invited.
Hong Xu will tour China with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the beginning of 2012 and make his Royal Festival Hall debut with them later in the year. He will also appear with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Hong Xu is a member of the piano faculty at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China.