Ana & Xuefei
Ana Vidovic and Xuefei Yang are among the most elite guitarists in the world. As life-long, internationally touring performers and recording artists, they continue to reach new levels of musicianship with their technical virtuosity and musical expressivity.
For the first time, they will be sharing the stage for one special evening.
Ana Vidovic is a guitar virtuosa who comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia. She started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. By age 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer.
Ana's extraordinary talent landed her first place at numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Albert Augustine International competition, the Fernando Sor competition, and the Francisco Tarrega competition. Her reputation in Europe eventually led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.
Ms. Vidovic is a seasoned performer placing her amongst the most elite musicians of the world today. Her touring career has taken her all over the world since first taking the stage in 1988, with over a thousand public performances across the United States, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Canada, and Japan. In 2017 she performed for EDM's/Hunley Studio's very first benefit concert.
To date, Ana has recorded 6 albums, and filmed 2 DVDs. She is currently recording a new album.
Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer - her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Fei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, & became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage.
Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.
Fei's international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues, and is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras, & collaborate with artists such as Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, Sir James Galway.
She has made many acclaimed recordings for major labels, with her first receiving a gold disc & her second being selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine. Fei’s recent releases include a solo album “Colours of Brazil,” (Decca Classics) and “Songs from our Ancestors” which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge.
She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, & documentaries on BBC & China Central Television. The UK classical music magazine, Classic FM, named Fei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time.