Friday, May 14, 2021, 8 pm
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Xiaopei Xu 徐小培,  pianist






Program ~

J.S.Bach/Franz Liszt:
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542

Schubert/Franz Liszt:
Three Lieder Transcriptions
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Der Müller und der Bach

Florence Price/Chi Wei Lo:
Paraphrase on “Resignation”

George Gershwin/Earl Wild:
Two Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs
“Embraceable You”
“Fascinating Rhythm”

~ intermission ~

 F. Schubert:
Piano Sonata No.20 In A Major, D. 959
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco più lento
IV. Rondo: Allegretto

"Brilliant Clarity from Xiaopei Xu":
"Xiaopei Xu is one strong pianist. Friday night at the Gardner Museum she took a chisel to a range of pieces and delivered incised, everywhere lapidary performances of Bach-Liszt, Schubert-Liszt, Price-Lo, Gershwin-Wild, Schubert, and Waller. "
"The BU DMA student, commenced with an exemplary, as in could-hardly-be-improved rendition of Liszt’s transcription of Bach’s S.542 Fantasy and Fugue. I swear: in all of my hours spent at Bach organ recitals I have not heard better rhythmic strength, voice clarity, and drive than this. … with Bach playing like this, she placed a prominent marker."
"Florence Price’s powerful song "Resignation"("My life is a pathway of sorrow …") received its own highly imaginative embellishments, indeed a paraphrase, by Xu’s colleague, the pianist and improviser Chi Wei Lo. The beautiful result even featured effective soft vocalizing by the pianist."
- David Moran of The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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photos : Chi Wei Lo

photos : Chung Cheng

It felt very special playing a live concert at the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall last night. Even though the capacity was still limited to 64, I truly enjoyed the intimate chemistry and the warmth from everyone in the space. Thank you so much, Dr. Cathy Chan, for having me! -Xiaopei@FB

Xiaopei Xu 徐小培,  pianist
"A sensitive pianist and talented artist." — Martha Argerich

Hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “a spellbinding and expressive pianist”, Xiaopei Xu has been featured as a soloist on three continents, striving for creativity in her artistic expression. She made her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2018, performing Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor with Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

Xu has received international acclaim with top prizes at the New York International Piano Competition, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Tureck International Bach Competition, and the Washington D.C. International Young Artist Competition. She has also performed at festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons, PianoTexas, Banff Music Centre, Sarasota Music Festival, Russia Young Artist Festival, and the Walnut Hill Music Festival in Boston.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Xu integrates her love for visual arts with music, creating multidisciplinary collaborations as a way to enhance the artistic experience. A painter herself, she has been commissioned for several installations and collaborative projects. Xu created a combined art and concert experience at the Germany Society of Pennsylvania, as well as an exhibition of her artwork in “The Seven Deadly Sins,” a themed concert at the New England Conservatory. Collections of her drawings have been published by the Clara Haskil Competition’s Jeune Critique.

Xu currently resides in Boston and is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University. She holds a Master’s degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Boaz Sharon, Hung-Kuan Chen, Meng-Chieh Liu, and Xun Pan. She has also worked with influential musicians such as Claude Frank, Richard Goode, Andrea Bonatta, Russell Sherman, and Paul Badura-Skoda.

Notes on the Program
by Dr. Jannie Burdeti
Florence Price/Chi Wei Lo: Paraphrase on “Resignation”
by Chi-Wei Lo

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