International Piano Series: Chu-Fang Huang 

When: Tue., April 2, 8 p.m. 2013

What: Ask any fiery pianist to name their favorite composers, and Frédéric Chopin will almost certainly be on the list. The Romantic composer’s pieces are emotional, rhapsodic, and richly textured, not to mention technically difficult. So it’s not surprising that the passionate Chu Fang Huang, a Chinese-born pianist who studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard, will be playing two of Chopin’s pieces at her performance in Charleston. “Ms. Huang has been praised for having a powerful sound that is assertive and strong despite her small frame,” says the International Piano Series’ Chee-Hang See. “She has performed in our series before to rave reviews, and by inviting her back we expect her to bring the house down again.” Like all the pianists who perform as part of the series, Huang has an impressive roster of concerts and awards — she took first prize at the prestigious Cleveland Piano Competition, and was a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition. Her concert is the final one in this year’s season, and the program will feature Haydn’s Sonata in C Major and Beethoven’s Waldstein Piano Sonata as well as Chopin’s Polonaise in F-sharp minor and the Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor.

— Elizabeth Pandolfi

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