Claire Huangci won both the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2009 and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States in March 2010 for her distinguished Chopin interpretations.
Born in Rochester, New York, Claire has played the piano since she was seven years old. Now 20, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with G. Graffmann and E. Sokoloff and is continuing her music education in Germany at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik with Arie Vardi.
In 2006, Claire Huangci won first prize in the 57th Kosciuszko Chopin National Piano Competition in New York City and subsequently performed in numerous solo recitals and concerto appearances throughout the USA. Her performance at the 2006 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition introduced Claire to Japanese audiences.
In 2007, Claire made her first appearances in Europe with solo performances in Munich (Herkulessaal), Frankfurt, Leipzig (Gewandhaus), and Paris (Salle Cortot). She also gave her debut with the China Philharmonic. Since 2008, Claire has appeared in solo and concerto performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Carnegie Hall, Aspen Festival, Chopin Duszniki Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, and Yokohama Music Festival.
Claire’s 2009-10 season opened with Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Tonhalle Zurich with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow under the baton of Vladimir Fedosseyev, and a tour of China with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under Sir Roger Norrington, during which she performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the opening of the Shanghai Expo. In the 2010-11 season she performed at such prestigious concert halls as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Tivoli Copenhagen and the Smetana Hall Prague.