April 9, 2022
Xiaopei Xu, piano
XIAOPEI XU, PIANIST
“A sensitive pianist and talented artist.” — Martha Argerich
Hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “a spellbinding and expressive pianist”, Xiaopei Xu
has been featured as a soloist on three continents, striving for creativity in her artistic expression.
She made her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2018, performing Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in
E Minor with Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Xu has received international acclaim with top prizes at the New York International Piano
Competition, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Tureck International Bach Competition,
Richmond Piano Competition and the Washington D.C. International Young Artist Competition.
She has also performed at major festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons, PianoTexas,
Banff Music Centre, Sarasota Music Festival, Russia Young Artist Festival, and the Walnut Hill
Music Festival where she later served as a teaching assistant in 2015 and 2016. Xu has been
invited regularly to give masterclasses and lectures in Nanjing and several other cities in China.
Having performed the Goldberg Variation at the age of seventeen, Bach holds a special place in
Xu’s repertoire. Following her recent concert at the Gardner Museum in Boston, BMI reviewed
her as such, “I have not heard better rhythmic strength, voice clarity, and drive than this […] with
Bach playing like this, she placed a prominent marker.” Xu is also passionate about
contemporary music and collaborating with living composers.
In addition to her musical endeavors, Xu integrates her love for visual arts with music, creating
multidisciplinary collaborations as a way to enhance the artistic experience. A painter herself, she
has been commissioned for several installations and collaborative projects. Xu created a
combined art and concert experience at the Germany Society of Pennsylvania, as well as an
exhibition of her artwork in “The Seven Deadly Sins,” an interdisciplinary concert at the New
England Conservatory. Collections of her drawings have been published by the Clara Haskil
Competition’s Jeune Critique.
Xu holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, Master’s degree from Yale
University and Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal
teachers include Boaz Sharon, Hung-Kuan Chen, Xun Pan and Meng-Chieh Liu. She has also
worked with influential musicians such as Claude Frank, Richard Goode, Andrea Bonatta,
Russell Sherman, and Paul Badura-Skoda.