Xu Xiaonan is a young accordionist who excelled in the accordion class at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing under the guidance of a teacher of international fame, Prof. Cao Xiaoqing.
Born in 1990 in Qinhuangdao, a coastal town along the Bohai Sea, Xu began playing the accordion at the age of six years, under the guidance of Feng Jian and Meng Hui. At the end of 2003, Xu Xiaonan began playing the accordion under teacher Professor Cao Xiaoqing.
In 2005, Xu was admitted in the School of the Central Conservatory of Music as the best of all the candidates. In November 2011, Xu was elected as the first among the most innovative musicians in an innovation project, known as the “Best of Best”.
It deserves to be mentioned the victory of the 65th Coupe Mondiale (CIA). Xu is the first Chinese champion in the 75-year history of the trophy since the competition was launched in 1938.
It also holder of the 61st World Trophy (CMA) here as well as the first champion from China since 1951.
Meanwhile Xu is also very active on stage, organizing special exhibitions involving numerous art festivals such as the twenty-second International Festival of Accordion Artists in Kragujevac (Serbia) and the twenty-ninth day of the international festival of music. At the same time, his performances and his concerts were presented in Neubrandenburg in 2007.
Besides his works, among which we mention the piece for solo accordion “the Melody of Spring, Guerilla Variations” and the piece of chamber “autumn leaves Story” music were included in “Chinese Accordian’s new works”.
Xu Xiaonan is now a tutor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
In his younger years, he has won many competitions. These include the first place in Children's Group A Solo
at the accordion competition of the Seventh China (Beijing)
International Accordion Festival in 2000, the first place
in Children's Group A Solo at the accordion competition of
the Eighth China (Beijing) International Accordion Festival
in 2001, the first place in Teens Group at the competition
of the Tenth China (Beijing) International Accordion Festival
in 2004, the frist place in Teens Group at the 29th Italy
Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in 2004,
the first place in Teens Group at the accordion competition
of the Second Tianjin International Accordion Festival in
August 2005, the first place in the Pearl River Auto-bass
Group of the First "Pearl River Cup" Accordion Prize
Contest in November 2005, the first place in Teens Group at
the accordion competition of the Shanghai Spring International
Accordion Festival in 2006, the first place in the Professional
Group of Affiliated High Schools of the "Parrot Cup "
Beijing Accordion Festival in 2006, the first place of the
Special Prize in the Professioanl Group of the Concordant
Melody" Beijing Accordion Competition in 2007, and the
second prize of the Fu Chengzian Scholarship in November 2007
(special scholarship for conservatories only, available at
the Central Conservatory of Music and the the Shanghai Conservatory
of Music only, aimed to reward globally influential elites
in music, Xu Xiaonan is the only student of accordion receiving
this honor at the Central Conservatory of Music).
Xu Xiaonan will surely become
a new star among those born in the 1990s.