Rio Xiang

Rio Xiang was born in Sydney and started piano and composition when he was eight years old. He currently studies at the Oberlin Conservatory. He has played with the Beijing, NingBo, Minnesota, Queensland, and Xiamen Orchestras, among others. Additionally, he has recorded for the Fine Music 102.5 radio station in Sydney, and has performed recital recordings for the ABC Classic FM station.

Mr. Xiang has been awarded prizes in various competitions, including first prizes at the 2018 Arthur Dann Piano Competition and the 2013 Hailun International Piano Competition in the tenth Shanghai International Music Festival. He has participated in the International Piano Master class in Shanghai and Xiamen, the Aspen Music Summer Festival, the Lake Como International Piano Summer School, and in a master class at the Art of the Piano Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Age: 19
Country: Australia
Professional Training:
    2017 - present   Oberlin Conservatorium of Music
Teacher:
    2017 - present   Stanislav Ioudenitch
Competitions and Awards:
    2018    Australian National Youth Classical Music Competition, First Prize
    2016    The First Beijing International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth Senior Section, Fourth Prize, Best Performance of Compulsory Contemporary Piece
    2014    Hong Kong - Asia International Piano Competition, First Prize of Open Age, Senior, Junior, Fifteen and Over, Improvisation

Text Piece

PRELIMINARY RECITAL                                                       
Bach-Busoni           Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Beethoven              Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
Brahms                   Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book II
Adès                       Traced Overhead, Op. 15
 
SEMIFINAL ROUND                                                             
Recital
Bach                       Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Schubert                 Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90)
Stravinsky               Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
Saint-Saëns/           Danse macabre, Op. 40
Liszt/Horowitz

FINAL ROUND                                                                    
Phase I
Mozart                     Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
 
Phase II 
Rachmaninoff           Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30