Saturday, July 17, 2021

Wenyi Xiong | 2nd Prize | Piano | 8th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition


Pianist Wenyi Xiong is currently pursuing the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance on full scholarship at Pennsylvania State University where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Piano, and studying with Dr. Timothy Shafer; she received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance under the supervision of Professor Christopher Harding at the University of Michigan, where she was been committed as a Departmental and Curricular Assistant at piano faculty; she gained her Bachelor’s degree at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu from the China and was selected to the Outstanding Student Training Program of piano department for four consecutive years.

Wenyi has been successful in many competitions, taking the first prize in the Charleston International Music Competition in the Romantic Music group (2020); the 5th Ann Arbor Camerata Concerto Competition in United States (2018); the Yamaha Asian Music Scholarship Competition (2016); the World Chinese Piano Competition (2007); and the 2nd Toyoma Asia Youth Music Competition in Sichuan (2003). She has also won prizes in the 5th Shenzhen Piano Open Competition (Piano Concerto Competition) (2015); the 13th Xing Hai Cup National Piano Competition (2010); the 12th Xing Hai Cup National Piano Competition (2008) 

Wenyi has additionally taken part in a range of piano festivals, including the Sicily International Piano Festival in Italy; the 3rd Sichuan Conservatory of Music International Piano Festival, during which she was awarded the title of Outstanding Student. Her performance was praised by Professor Gary Graffman. Moreover, she was selected to perform works of Chopin and Debussy for the closing ceremony; in July 2011, she participated in the Shanghai International Piano Festival, under the supervision of Professor Nelita True. In this festival’s piano competition, she received an Excellence Award after winning the final; in October 2011, she took part in the 2nd China Changchun International Piano Festival, mentored by Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky. During the festival, she won an Excellence Award in the professional group.

1. Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, Op.44; Frédéric Chopin; 10'28''; link: 

2. Piano Sonata Op. 10, No. 3 in D Major (I.  Presto); Ludwig van Beethoven; 5'14''; link:

3. Graceful ghost rag; William Bolcom; 3'24''; link: