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Dr. Xu Hui was born in ShenYang, a principal city in northeast China – the same city, incidentally, that gave to the world her famed pianist, Lang Lang. Dr. Xu Hui began studying piano when she was five years old, and at the age of twelve, she was accepted in ShenYang Music Conservatory’s pre-college division. She continued her study at Odessa Conservatory in Ukraine under the famous Ukrainian piano professor I. I. Suhomlinov, a disciple of the legendary pianist and piano pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus. In 2004, Dr. Xu Hui received an ‘excellent’– their highest honor– from Odessa Conservatory and completed her Master’s Degree there. She came to the United States and studied first at Ball State University in Indiana, then moved to Tallahassee and got her doctoral degree in piano performance at Florida State University in 2010.
During her time in Europe, Dr. Xu Hui received honors in several international competitions: First Prize in the 9th Eugen Coca International Piano Competition in Moldova; Third Prize in the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Diploma in the 2nd Emil Gilels International Piano Competition in Ukraine. Additionally, Dr. Xu Hui was awarded prizes in chamber music competitions: Second Prize in the International Duo-Piano Competition in Lithuania and the Diploma with violinist Alexander Dvornitzn in the International Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Xu Hui has also played in many Master Classes in Europe: with Yan Ipe Nota, Boris Bloch, Sergei Ureivaev, and Dina Yoffe. After she moved to the United States, she won the Gold Medal in the Florida State University Concerto Competition, First Prize in Indiana’s Ball State University Concerto Competition, First Prize in Willa Chapman Scholarship Piano Competition, and Fourth Prize in the International Piano Competition in Washington D.C. Dr. Xu Hui has been invited to many music festivals in the United States, and has worked with some of the most internationally renowned artists, including Jerome Lowenthal, Jon Kimura Parker, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosenbaum, Mykola Suk, Frank Levy and Eduard Ziberkant. In the summer of 2009 she was invited to New York International Piano Festival. After her performance there, the festival sponsors complimented her: “Xu Hui is a very mature pianist, a real musician. We will definitely hear more from her.” Dr. Xu Hui has performed with several orchestras, such as Odessa Music Academy Orchestra in Ukraine, Indiana Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra. She played the Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 6 over Indiana’s Muncie Radio and was highly praised by listeners. Her performances have often been broadcast on television and radio, in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, China, and the United States, including NPR.
Dr. Xu Hui is an acclaimed concert pianist. She currently served as a music faculty at St. Petersburg College, and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. Her students have received competition prizes in both the United States and China. Dr. Xu Hui was invited as a judge for the Florida State Music Teachers District I Concerto Competition, and was on the faculty of Florida State University’s Summer Music Camp. It is safe to say that the festival sponsors in New York were right: we will be hearing much more from Xu Hui.
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