In 2017 Hanzhi Wang became the first accordionist to win First Prize at the YCA Susan Wadsworth International Auditions. She made her New York debut in The Peter Marino Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and in Washington, DC, where she opened the 40th Anniversary YCA Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. She has been named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month and was featured on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase. Her solo accordion CD, On the Path to H.C. Andersen, was Naxos’s first solo accordion album and received critical acclaim, including a nomination for the DR P2 Prize.
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Wang has performed at renowned venues and series, including UC Santa Barbara’s Lively Arts, Candlelight Concert Society, La Jolla Music Society, The Morgan Library, and Artist Series in Sarasota. She has appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Music Festival, Victoria Symphony, Cantori, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Iris Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, and the Hawaii Symphony. Upcoming and recent highlights include her Tanglewood debut and a coast-to-coast tour with Avi Avital.
She is committed to nurturing future accordionists through lectures, master classes, and new works written for her by composers such as Martin Lohse, James Black, and Sofia Gubaidulina. She premieres a piece by YCA composer Katie Balch at London’s Wigmore Hall as well as, in January 2025, a new concerto written for her by YCA composer-in-residence Nina Shekhar.
Hanzhi Wang earned her bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music and completed her master’s degree and soloist diploma at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under accordion professor Geir Draugsvoll.