Great Performance Series Presents
Van Cliburn Piano
Posted October 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- For a pianist who breaks the rules,
Wang Xiaohan is getting a lot of positive attention.
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
finalist, who dared to play one his own compositions during
the competition, will perform as part of the Hope College
Great Performance Series on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Not only did he break an unwritten rule when he
played one of his own compositions, he did it when he was
just 20 years old. The youngest of the finalists for the
recent prestigious competition, the China native did not
expect to make it as far as he did.
But his playing is winning over audiences in the
United States and Europe.
James McQuillen of "The Oregonian" has said that
"Wang has confidence and maturity beyond his years... his
details are clear and crisp; and rhythmic spring and
incisiveness are hallmarks of his playing."
His solo performance at Hope will include works by
Baldassare Galuppi, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy and
Not afraid of a challenge, Wang in his program
also includes Franz Schubert's "Fantasy in C major, D. 760,"
commonly known as the "Wanderer" piece. A forceful,
energetic piece, it is so difficult even Schubert could not
Wang will end his performance with one of his own
He began his career when he entered the pre-
college division of the Central Conservatory of Music in
Beijing at age 10. A prize-winner in several regional and
national competitions in China, he took third prize at the
1997 ARD Competition in Munich, his first international
As a finalist of the Eleventh Van Cliburn
International Competition, Wang was awarded two years of
concert engagements and career management. He was also
featured in a documentary on the competition directed by
Emmy-award-winning Peter Rosen, which has appeared on PBS
stations throughout the country.
Tickets for Wang's performance cost $14 for
regular admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for Hope
students and children under 18. Tickets will be on sale on
Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 15-17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
box office in the DeWitt Center, and at the door. They may
be ordered by phone by calling (616) 395-7890.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.