Xuefei Yang, guitar

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas – Perimeter Institute

Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era when Western music and instruments were banned in China, the fascinating story of Xuefei Yang’s rise to the world stage is that of a musical pioneer.

She was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career. Her prodigious talent came to the attention of John Williams who donated two of his own guitars to her conservatorium. Since then, “Fei” has been impressing audiences around the globe with her exquisite sound and powerfully emotional performances of repertoire both old and new. We look forward to hosting Fei in our intimate theatre.


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Xuefei Yang, guitar

Xuefei (Fei) Yang is one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.  Her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments and music were banned in Chiina.  Hailed as a musical pioneer, Fei was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school and became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage.  

Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.

Fei is one of the few guitarists whose artistry connects with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity. Her international success has led to invitations to play in prestigious venues in more than 50 countries.  She is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras and to collaborate with artists such as Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, and Sir James Galway.

Gramophone magazine praised Fei as one of the leading innovators of her generation for continuing to build the guitar repertoire. 

Fei has made many acclaimed recordings for major labels. Her first received a gold disc and her second was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine.  In 2016, Fei released “Colours of Brazil,” a solo album on Decca Classics, and “Songs from our Ancestors” which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge.

Fei has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour and the BBC Proms, as well as documentaries on BBC and China Central Television.

The UK classical music magazine, Classic FM, named Fei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time.