PIANIST DI XIAO ANNOUNCES TWO NEW PROJECTS FOR 2019: FEMMES DE LÉGENDE – WOMEN COMPOSERS AND MUSES and ‘THE BRIDGE’, WHERE EAST MEETS WEST plus A NEW ALBUM
Always creative and eager to forge links between the eastern and western cultures she inhabits with ease, Chinese pianist, Di Xiao is launching two significant new arts and music projects for 2019 plus news of a new album.
I. ‘Femmes de Légende’ is a concert recital programme dedicated to both women composers and to women as muses in music. It stems from Di Xiao’s desire to highlight works that are less well known by great composers who happen to be women and thus to give them a wider platform.
For your diary, these concerts will take place on:-
~ 24 January 2019 at 6pm at The China Exchange, London and 12th March 2019 at 7.30pm at Birmingham Town Hall, after which Ms Xiao will tour the series in May 2019 in China, including the prestigious Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
Her new album is also scheduled for release on 12th March 2019, featuring works by women composers, some of her own compositions and some traditional Chinese pieces.
II. The Bridge is a programme devised by Di Xiao with support from Arts Council England and is designed to challenge perceptions by fusing elements of eastern and western cultures to exciting and dramatic effect. The concerts will take place as part of celebrations for Chinese New Year 2019. With its meld of classical music, folk melodies, instruments from both cultures, dance and the rare Chinese opera ‘face-changing’ art form, The Bridge aptly reflects aspects of Ms Xiao’s own life: born in China and settled in the UK with a British husband and child of dual heritage.
For your diary, concerts in The Bridge series will take place on:-
~ 25th January 2019 at 7pm at The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London
~ 31st January 2019 at 6pm at the Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham
~ 5th February 2019 (Chinese New Year) at 5pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Over the years, Ms Xiao has built a formidable reputation as an international ambassador for the piano and for bridging the gap between eastern and western cultures. A teacher at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Ms Xiao has been playing the piano since the age of 4, wining many awards and much praise along the way for the quality of her musicianship and for her innovative programming. Di Xiao collaborates widely and her repertoire reflects a broad spectrum of musical styles from Chinese folk music, through western classical to contemporary piano works. A profound understanding of her art and a deep belief in the universal language of music give a special quality and integrity to her work. Consequently, Di Xiao is able to build a strong bond with audiences all over the world.