Biography

Anny Hwang ( Germany ) first thrilled listeners at a concert with the Ukrainian National Orchestra in Kiev at the age of 16, having been introduced to the piano by her mother, a fine pianist and teacher, in Saarbrücken at the age of 3. Till 2008 she studied under Professor Kristin Merscher at the uiversity of music in Saarbrücken Germany and as a prodigy under Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. In 2008 she passed her entrance examination for Berlin’s University of the Arts with flying colours. Since 2010 she has also been studying at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse (CNSM) in Paris and been inspired by master courses with artists such as Arie Vardi, Alfredo Perl, Bruno Rigutto, Anatol Ugorski, Felix Gottlieb, Stanislav Pochekin, Lilya Zilberstein, Pascal Devoyon and Itamar Golan.
She has won first prizes at German national competitions as a soloist and chamber musician many times and at the international competition ‘Youth Accomplishment’ in Seoul in South Korea. She has also won a Rotary Youth Music prize in Friedrichshafen-Lindau Germany and the international Grotrian-Steinweg piano competition. In recognition of her cultural efforts and achievements she has received a special award from the Saarland minister of culture and is designated as a Saarland cultural ambassadors. She has received grants from the Carl Heinz Illies Committee of the German Music-Life Foundation and received one in 2008 from the Lichtblick Foundation of the Saar and Saarbrücken Casino Society and another in 2011 from the Ottlie Selbach Redslob Foundation in Berlin.
With the support of Saarland’s Ministry of Culture and Education and the Yamaha European Music Center, Anny’s first CD came out in 2007. Her live-recordings with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra were issued as the CD ‘Concert of Discoveries – Welcome America’ in November 2009 and broadcast several times on SR2 Culture Radio and WDR 3 Classic Forum. At the age of 19 she became the youngest pianist ever to record Samuel Barber’s piano concerto op. 38. With the national Eisenach orchestra her recording of Liszt’s piano concerto came out as her third CD in 2012, and recordings of solo works came out as her fourth CD ‘Gratia’ with the cooperation of Saarland Radio and SR Culture Radio in 2013.
Her success in competitions and her popularity among listeners have led to her performing with eminent orchestras such as the Ukraine National Orchestra in Kiev under Vladimir Sirenko, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under Zhang Guo Yong and Terje Mikkelson, the Mainfranken Philharmonic Orchestra in Würzburg under Viktor Åslund, the Taipeh Orchestra under Jin Wang and András Ligeti and the Xia Men Philharmonic Orchestra under Jin Wang.
From 2010 till 2012 she performed piano concertos with the Munich Symphonic Orchestra under Cordian Teupke, the China National Symphony Orchestra in Peking under Stefan Malzew, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Saarbrücken under David Afkham, the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in south Korea, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra under Hubert Soudant, the Westphalian New Philharmonic Orchestra under Heiko-Mathias Förster, the National Eisenach Theatre & Symphony Orchestra, the Luxemburg Chamber Orchestra under Markus Korselt, the Ricercare Chamber Orchestra under Götz Hartmann , the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra under James Liu and the Vaasa City Orchestra under Jin Wang.
She has also performed widely as a soloist in German cities like Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich and in France, Holland, Luxemburg, Spain, China, Canada, Korea and Taiwan. She is often invited to give broadcasts by Saarland Culture Radio (Musik an der Saar), the WDR3 Classic Forum and WDR3 TonArt and to perform at the Music Festival in Saarbrücken and Winners & Masters in the Gaststeig in Munich in Germany, the Echternach Festival and Chopin+ Piano-Festival in Luxemburg, the Orford Music Festival in Canada, the Music Festival in Nice and the Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Taipei Music Festival in Taiwan and the Daejoen Music Festival in South Korea.
Her outstanding achievements have made her the subject of two television documentaries (in 2005 and 2010) from SR Culture-TV in cooperation with the ARD, which have since been broadcast internationally by the ARD, SR and Deutsche-Welle.