Huiping Cai

July 31, 2019, 12:15 pm

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Twenty-one-year-old Chinese pianist Huiping Cai presents a live recital with works by Ravel, Paderewski, and Chopin for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.

Twenty-one-year-old Huiping Cai is one of the most exciting young talents coming from China today. Winner of numerous national and international competitions, she captured First Prize at the 2019 Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. She won the 2018 Miami Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition, and 2017 Temple University Concerto Competition. She also took First Prize, Best Concerto Award and Best Recital Award at the 2017 Philadelphia International Piano Competition, and she was the only pianist selected in the final round of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017 Greenfield Concerto Competition.

Huiping Cai’s performances have been highly praised for their lyricism, musicality, as well as formidable technique. She made her orchestra soloist debut at the age of sixteen with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China. She performed with the Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra and represented the China National Culture Committee in numerous cultural exchange concerts in Russia and Kazakhstan. This past summer, she performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra and Maestro David Effron. She made her Taiwan debut at the prestigious Taipei National Concert Hall with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto with her teacher Ching-Yun Hu and conductor Gernot Schmalfuss this past December.

Charismatic and popular with audiences in recital and concerto settings, since moving to the United States in 2016, Huiping Cai performed at the Puffin Cultural Forum in New Jersey, the Coastal Chamber Concerts in California, as well as representing her home city, Shenzhen (China), in three concerts for the “Hong Kong – Shenzhen Youth Festival” in China. She attended the Euro Music Festival in Halle, Germany and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy, where she recorded for and was interviewed by Philadelphia’s WRTI Radio.

Biography courtesy of the IMF website.

  • Sonatine, by Maurice Ravel
    Mouvement de menuet

  • Au Soir, Op. 10, No. 1 and
    Caprice-Valse, Op. 10, No. 5, by Ignacy Jan Paderewski 

  • Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, by Frédéric Chopin
    Grave – Doppio movimento
    Marche funèbre
    Finale. Presto