Acclaimed for her "staggering virtuosity," Hanzhi Wang is the only accordionist to ever win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 60-year history. An ambassador for her instrument, Ms. Wang has been praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that display passion and finesse.

“Staggering virtuosity that held the audience in a state of breathlessness, as thrilling to watch as to hear.”


A groundbreaking artist, Ms. Wang's other firsts include being named Musical America's "New Artist of the Month," an interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR's Young Artists Showcase as the first solo accordionist on the program, and the Naxos label's first-ever solo accordion CD, Ms. Wang's "On the Path to H.C. Andersen," which was nominated for the prestigious DR (Danish Radio) P2 Prize in 2019.


"If anyone can make the accordion sound like it was created to play classical music, it is the talented and young Ms. Wang."


"Hanzhi Wang's full-of-passion performance outstripped other competitors and won long applause of the audience."


"Wang's precision is striking."


A First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Wang's debut opened the 2018-19 YCA Series in New York in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and her Washington, DC debut opened the 40th Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.


Ms. Wang won First Prize in the 40th Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy. She inspires the next generation of accordionists with lectures, performances, and master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Tianjin Music Conservatory, Ghent Music Conservatory (Belgium), and in Norway and Portugal. Composers Martin Lohse, James Black, and Sophia Gubaidulina have written and dedicated works to her.

Ms. Wang earned her Bachelor's degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She completed her Master's degree at the Royal Danish ACademy of Music in Copenhagen with the renowned accordion professor Geir Draugsvoll, and now serves as an assistant teacher at the academy.


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