Xu Xiaonan is an internationally known young accordionist. He’s now studying with the prominent accordionist and teacher, Prof. Xiaoqing Cao, in the Central Conservatory of Music.
Xu was born in Qinghuangdao, a beautiful seaside city near Bohai Sea, in 1990. He took up accordion playing at the age of six under the guidance of Jian Feng and Hui Meng. Seven years later, he began playing the free bass accordion with Prof. Xiaoqing Cao. In May 2005, he was enrolled in the Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music. The year 2009 saw him become a student majoring in accordion playing in the Department of Piano of the Central Conservatory, again following Prof. Xiaoqing Cao. In September 2010, he made his way to the Department of Composition and started to learn composition under Prof. Wenchen Qin and Prof. Weiya Hao. Now he’s into his third year in the accordion playing major and second year in composition.
For the past few years, he has won prizes in Chinese and international competitions and has been invited to perform in recitals and international art festivals. In 2006 he won first place of the youngster’s group of the accordion competition in the “Shanghai Spring” International Accordion Art Week. In 2008, he completed the recording, “Sunrise”, on solo free bass accordion playing in cooperation with China Record Shenzhen Corporation. Two years later, he was invited to perform in the “La Jolla” International Art Festival in San Diego, US. In the same year, he won second place in the 5th Moscow International Accordion Competition, becoming the first young Chinese accordionist to be awarded in this competition. In September 2011, he won second place in the 36th International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, Italy and first place in the 61st International Accordion Championships (first Chinese to win in history). The next year, he was invited by Mr. Lips, the Russian master accordionist, to Russia and gave a recital. What’s more, for his excellent performances, Xu was awarded winner of the artists group in the 49th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal (Germany) in May 2012.
With solid techniques, outstanding artistic expressivity, and enthusiastic and meticulous playing, Xu received critical acclaim from experts in the international accordion community. Mr. Renzo Ruggieri, chairman of the 61st International Accordion Championships, applauded highly on Xu’s performance, “The perfect performance by the Chinese player Xiao-Nan Xu has written a new page of history for the 61st Championships, bringing the competition into a new level. I salute to the excellent performance by this Chinese accordionist.”