Peijun Xu - viola

date: since 9.2014 place: World In progress

Peijun Xu, born in Shanghai, is widely recognised as among the foremost violists of her generation. She is the recipient of several international awards. In 2012 she was awarded the first prize and audience prize at the International Max Rostal Competition, Berlin. In 2010 she won first prize as well as two special prizes at the International Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow, and in 2006 she was awarded second prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.

As soloist Peijun Xu has performed at prestigious venues such as the Shanghai Concert Hall, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and Frankfurt Alte Oper. She has appeared with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the State Symphony Orchestra 'New Russia', the Hofer Concert Orchestra, the Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Kurpfaelzisches Chamber Orchestra , the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn and the Hamburger Camerata, under conductors such as Muhai Tang, Yuri Bashmet, Pavel Baleff and Ralf Gothóni. Peijun Xu's chamber music partners have included Paul Rivinius, Marina Chiche, Niklas Schmidt, Evgenia Rubinova, Boris Garlitsky, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Stéphan Picard. 

Peijun Xu studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Roland Glassl, the Kronberg Academy with Prof. Nobuko Imai and the Berlin University of Music 'Hanns Eisler' with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann.

From 2011-2015, Peijun Xu was teaching at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2015 she has a teaching position at the Musikhochscule Detmold in Germany.

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Chamber music programs 2018-2019

1. Duo with Mihkel Poll (piano)

One of the finest Chinese viola players of her generation, Peijun Xu and one of the most outstanding Estonian pianists, Mihkel Poll performed together for the first time in 2014, at the Järvi Festival in Pärnu, Estonia. The enthusiastic reaction of the public gave the two artists the idea to prepare three different concert programs which they will present together. They include original pieces for viola and piano, as well as arrangements which allow their public to discover milestone repertoire pieces in new, intriguing light.

The first program includes wonderful Konzertstück by Georges Enescu, a piece which merits as much attention as his well known three Violin Sonatas. It is followed by the viola version of Sergei Rachamninov's Cello Sonata, Op.19. The program closes with Dmitri Shostakovitch's Viola Sonata –composer's final musical testament. The second program focuses on great romantic pieces: Johannes Brahms' Cello Sonata and César Franck's Violin Sonata, in their viola versions. The two pieces, unveiling their new sound are preceded by Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder. Finally, the third program ranges from Johann Sebastian Bach's Gamba Sonata to Paul Hindemith's Viola Sonata. Between the two pieces, distant by over two hundred years, a musical bridge is constructed with the viola version of Robert Schumann's first Violin Sonata and Franz Schubert's first Sonatina.

Program I
Georges Enescu - Konzertstück for viola and piano
Sergei Rachmaninov - Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 19 (viola version)
Dmitri Shostakovitch - Sonata for viola and piano in c minor, Op. 147

Program II
Robert Schumann - Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor, op. 38 (viola version)
César Franck - Violin Sonata in A major (viola version)

Program III
Johann Sebastian Bach - Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major BWV 1029
Robert Schumann - Violin Sonata No.1 in a minor, Op. 105 (viola version)
Franz Schubert - Sonatina No.1 in D major, Op. 137 (D384)
Paul Hindemith - Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 11 No. 4


2. Duo with Godelieve Schrama (harp)

Program I
Franz Schubert - Sonata Arpeggione, D.821
Arnold Bax - Sonata-fantsy for viola and harp
Benjamin Britten - Lachrymae, reflection on a song of Dowland, op.48
Camille Saint-Saëns - Fantasie op.124

Program II
Luois Spohr - Sonata in C minor, WoO 23
Johann Sebastian Bach - Viola da gamba sonata no.1 in G major, BWV 1027
Camille Saint-Saëns - Fantasie op. 124
Gaetano Donizetti - Larghetto and Allegro in G minor
Franz Schubert - Sonata Arpeggione, D.821


Peijun Xu - viola
Godelieve Schrama - harp