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12th August 2018 - Hannah Fang

The second concert for 2018 is scheduled for 12th August. It will feature Hannah Fang playing Max Bruch's violin concerto in G minor. Conductor will be Peter van Drimmelen.

Other items include the Schubert Unfinished Symphony and the Richard Strauss Serenade for Wind Instruments Op. 7.


HENG FANG (Hannah Fang), violin soloist

Heng Fang began her musical journey when she was three years old, studying violin first with her father and uncle and from age ten under renowned violin professor Zhang Shixiang (Peter Zhang) at the Shang Hai Conservatory of Music. She placed first in her Bachelor’s degree with the Orchestral Department in 2002 and took her Master’s degree in the Performing and Teaching Department at Xing Hai Conservatory of Music with a full scholarship in 2008. She also had the privilege to study under Professor Wang Zhenshan from the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2009 she received a full scholarship to study with violist Berent Korfker in the Summer String School at the Sydney Conservatory of Music, where she also had the opportunity to learn the Dalcroze music method from Sandra.

Competitions in which she has enjoyed success include the 5th Youth Violin Competition in Guang Dong province, the 4th Chinese Music Golden Bell award, and the Hong Kong International Violin Competition in 2011.

She has also toured internationally. In 2006 she joined the Asia Outstanding Youth Symphony Orchestra. She participated in the Murcia International Youth Art Festival in Spain, in a concert on the centenary of Xian Xinghai’s birth. She was a solo violinist in the 2nd Asia Orchestral Music Festival in Thailand and the 5th Yang Cheng Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform the famous “Butterfly Lovers” to the royal family in Thailand and Belgium. She performed alongside world renowned pianist Lang Lang and violinist Xue Wei in the 2008 CCTV Piano and Violin Competition News Conference and was a guest performer for the Korea Tourism Board.

Hannah, as an award-winning teacher, has taught a total of 120 students at her own Heng Fang Violin Studio. Many of them have gone on to study at the Conservatory of Music in China and achieved success in competitions. She has also served as a teacher in the Education Department of Guang Zhou Xing Hai Conservatory of music and a guest teacher at the Hong Kong Zhang Shixiang International Violin School. Her work as an adjudicator includes the 14th Violin Competition in Guang Dong Province in 2013, the 5th Hong Kong International Violin Competition, and the 9th Hong Kong International Youth Art Festival. She was an examiner for the Social Music Grading Test of Xing Hai Conservatory of Music and is a member of the Violin Institute and Higher Education Institute of China.

Hannah moved to Palmerston North in 2015, where she obtained her Music Teachers’ Registration in New Zealand (IRMTNZ). Her teaching career has continued to flourish. Her local solo debut in March 2016 at the Globe Theatre was met with much enthusiasm. She is currently involved in writing her own music and in April 2018 debuted her album “Not All Me”, recorded here in Palmerston North. She has played at a number of local events, including “Christmas in the Square” and “New Year’s Eve in the Square” in 2017, and opened for the Festival of Cultures this year.

Hannah has an upcoming concert on October 27th at the Regent on Broadway, where she will collaborate with both classical and contemporary music groups to showcase a wide range of different music genres, from classical to hip-hop to metal rock.



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