RUTLAND — The Paramount Theatre will present accordionist Hanzhi Wang at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of its Passages at the Paramount Series. Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster in the 58-year history of Young Concert Artists. She was invited onto the roster following her final audition in the 2017 international competition held in London and New York City.
Bruce Bouchard, executive director of The Paramount, said, “From the first eight measures of her astonishing artistry, I and the Paramount board members in attendance with me felt that we had to bring her to the Passages Series. Not only is the choice of the instrument so unusual and Ms. Wang’s dynamic performance persona so compelling, this instrument she was playing looks like it was made by NASA and sounds like a full orchestra. It is our great pleasure to present Ms. Wang in what will undoubtedly be a signature debut season.”
Wang’s debut opens the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her Washington, D.C. debut opens the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. In July, Musical America named Wang “New Artist of the Month.”
In August, Naxos released its first-ever solo accordion CD, Wang’s “In the Path of Hans Christian Andersen.” It features music by Danish composers including “The Little Match Girl,” written for her by Martin Lohse. Wang’s artistry has been recognized by other contemporary composers, with works dedicated to her by James Black, Lohse and Sophia Gubaidulina, with whom she has worked extensively.
Wang holds YCA’s Ruth Laredo Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.
Tickets are $22, $10 for students; call 802-775-0903, or go online to www.paramountvt.org.