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Tianxu An


Tianxu An, 18, is from Beijing, China. He is currently under the tutelage of Mr. Meng-chieh Liu at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While growing up, Tianxu has won numerous prizes in competitions around his country. In 2010 he won the Grand Prize at the third “Helen Cup” Shanghai International Piano Competition. In 2011 he received the silver prize at “Lotto Cup” CCTV Piano and Violin Competition (Youth Group); the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award. In 2012 he won the second prize at the Third National Youth Piano Competition of Beijing Concert Hall and the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Youth Piano Competition (China Trials); the second prize in the 7th Beijing International Piano Festival Young Artists Concerto Competition. He has also been the prize winner of some international competitions, including the second prize at the IV. Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany, an honorable mention from the EDR International Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition in Chicago, and the third prize at the Concerto Competition ‘Theodor Leschetizky’ for Gifted Young Pianists.

Tianxu has attended the 7th Beijing International Piano Festival, Philadelphia Young Pianists’Academy, the Purple Crown international piano Festival and the Sejong International Music Festival. He has participated in master classes with Robert McDonald, Sergei Babayan, Klause Baessler, Anthony Hewitt, Maxim Mogilevsky and Andrea Bonatta.

Tianxu began his piano lessons at age five and has studied with Prof. Hua Chang at the middle school of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1826) Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Minuet e trio
IV. Rondo. Allegretto

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Chopin Variations Op. 22

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

John Musto (b. 1954) Improvisation and Fugue

Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Sonata in A Major, D. 959
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio: Un poco piú lento
IV. Rondo: Allegretto – Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in BWV 880

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Etude Op. 25 No. 10

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
I. Danse Russe
II. Chez Petrouchka
III. La semaine grasse

Anton Arensky (1861-1906) Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
III. Elegia. Adagio
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve