Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). Though she began her international career at the age of nine, it was only in her later teenage years that she felt the piano was to be her vocation. She received significant input from teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia before studying under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover.
Chopin’s music gave Claire her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, and in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. She has since proved her versatility with an unusually broad repertoire which includes a large number of contemporary works. Claire appears in recital and as a soloist with international orchestras such as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (under Sir Roger Norrington), Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies.
Claire’s 2013 debut CD of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev for Berlin Classics earned widespread praise. Her 2015 release on the same label imaginitively showcases the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, using 39 of his 555 sonatas as individual movements in larger Baroque Suites and Classical Sonatas.