Saturday 19 March 2022
St Laurence, Ludlow
Di Xiao: piano
Clementi: Sonatina in D major, Op.36, No.6, I. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Fantasia in D minor, K.397
Grieg: Lyric Piece Op.43
William Mason: Silver Spring, Op.6
Yi Qiang Sun: Spring Dance
Christian Sinding: Rustle of Spring
Josef Suk: from Spring, Op.22a: No.5 Longing
Tchaikovsky: from The Seasons, Op.3: March-April-May
Medtner: Primavera, Op.39, No.4
John Ireland: The Island Spell
John Ireland; Song of the Springtide
Mendelssohn: Spring Song, Op.62, No.6.
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso, Op.14
Di Xiao's international career started at 17 when she played for the Malaysian Royal Family in Kuala Lumpur. In 2009 Di was selected as the UK's representative to the acclaimed European Concert Halls Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars series which took her to some of the world's most prestigious concert halls. Following her Cologne Philharmonie recital the press stated that “Xiao presents a demanding programme that takes your breath away”.
In 2019 Di completed a sold-out tour, which took in 8 cities across China, showcasing her new album ‘Femmes de Legende’ which recently featured on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and May 19 issue of Classical Music Magazine. The recording was also described as “fascinating and stimulating” by the Pianist Magazine.
In 2017 Di was awarded a ‘Ten most outstanding Chinese People in the UK Award’ by Big Ben Awards. In 2014 Di was awarded the ‘Mulan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Culture and Arts’ by the Mulan foundation (UK), and Honourable Professorships by Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatoire and Shanxi University (China). She has held a teaching position at the BCU Birmingham Conservatoire since 2007 and maintains a busy performance and recording calendar. Media appearances include Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4), In Tune (BBC 3) and Classic FM. The Chinese language station, TV Phoenix made a documentary about Di's musical journey in 2012.
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