First prize winner of the Third China International Piano Competition, pianist ChenXin Xu, was praised as “a pianist with extraordinary ability and imagination” by the late world-renowned pianist György Sándor. She has been captivating fans and critics alike with her passionately confident musicianship and vivid stage presence in United States, Europe and Asia.
This season, Ms. Xu has made her debut at the China National Center for the Performing Arts, under the baton of Maestro Li XinCao with the China National Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. As a Steinway Artist, Ms. Xu has made orchestral appearances worldwide. Her international career began as the first pianist in resident at the Juilliard School ever to be awarded a debut concert at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra, under the distinguished conductor Sir Roger Norrington. Her other orchestra engagements included performing with the Hilton Head Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, ShenZhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, among others. Ms. Xu has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, highlights including the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Juilliard Theatre of Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Harris Concert Hall and Benedict Music Tent of Aspen, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, Shanghai Concert Hall & Grand Theatre, China National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing Poly Theater and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in China.
In recitals, Ms. Xu has performed extensively throughout the world. In this past season, her concert tour included giving recitals and master classes in more than thirty cities, such as New York, Germantown, Hamptons, Aspen, Dallas, Fort Worth, Joplin, Salt Lake City, Boston, Boca Raton, Shreveport, Chicago, Taos, Dublin, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chengdu, GuangZhou, among others. She was also invited to perform a sold-out opening recital at the new legendary Shanghai Concert Hall. Her recent engagements included giving recitals at the China International Economic Development Forum where world leaders, prestigious domestic/overseas experts and scholars gathered. She was also invited to perform at the Whitcomb Foundation in Germantown, New York, as well as at the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists.
Ms. Xu was frequently featured on the “McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase” of the New York radio station WQXR, the U.S. National Public Radio Station (NPR), as well as the China Central Television Station (CCTV). In early 2005, Ms. Xu released her first commercial recording featuring Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Clementi and Xu ZhenMin. She was also featured on a 14-episode documentary titled "Ocean Away" on extraordinary Chinese immigrants living in United States, on the China Central Television (CCTV).
A top prize winner of the 2005 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Ms. Xu has also won numerous international awards, including the first prize of the Concerto Competition at the Juilliard School, the Munz Chopin Competition, the Nakamichi Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, where she performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major under conductor Markand Thaker. Ms. Xu has also been invited to various renowned music festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, and the Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York.
After 11 years of studying at the prestigious Juilliard School, Ms. Xu has obtained both Bachelor's and Master’s degree as a full scholarship recipient at the Juilliard School. She is continuing her private studies under the tutelage of Robert McDonald and Yoheved Kaplinsky. A native of Beijing, China, she began her piano studies at the age of three with Prof. Wu Yuan and Zhang Jin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She entered the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School as a pupil of Herbert Stessin. Other major influences in her artistic and pianistic development are Paul Schenly, Yonghi Moon, Jerome Lowenthal and Arie Vardi.
Ms. Xu now serves as President and Artistic Director of the New York Music & Arts, which consists of over 500 students. Many of whom have won national and international piano competitions, as well as accepted to the top institutions such as the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.