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Southeastern pianist to perform with Monroe Symphony

Contact: Christina Chapple


Zhaolei XieClick on thumbnail for high resolution photo

     HAMMOND – Zhaolei Xie, an undergraduate piano performance major at Southeastern Louisiana University, won the Monroe Symphony Young Artists Competition and, as his prize, will perform with the symphony on April 21.

     Xie, a student of David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. He also received a $700 cash prize.

     Xie began his piano studies at the age of eight, and entered the middle school of the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1993. While studying at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia from 2002-2005, he participated in the Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow and performed in masterclasses with Leslie Howard.

     Arriving in New Orleans just two days before Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Xie is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Southeastern. In 2006, he won first place in the Young Artist Division of the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition in Baton Rouge. He was also a winner in the college division of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which led to his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall on May 21, 2006.

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