Curtis grad wins Geza Anda contest

Curtis grad wins Geza Anda contest


norman lebrecht

June 13, 2018

The American pianist Claire Huangci, 27, won the triennial Zurich competition last night.

She lists Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute and Arie Vardi in Hanover as her teachers.

None of these was on the jury.

Well done, Claire.



  • Caravaggio says:

    Anda, an extraordinary pianist and musician. Top of the very top.

  • Bruce says:

    When my orchestra’s brochure for the 2017-18 season came out last spring (2017), I saw she was listed as a soloist and became curious. I found her Scarlatti album online and purchased it after listening to a few snippets. It’s wonderful.

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    I especially enjoyed Ms. Huangci’s performance of the Mozart C minor concerto very much. She is certainly deserving of the prize.

    My favorite of all the competitors, Yeon-Min Park, did not make it to the finals. She played a very strong 2nd round recital, though:

    Unfortunately, it seems that a YouTube copyright troll has blocked her Mozart performance in Switzerland and probably elsewhere.