Warmth and luminosity are what German pianist Gina Alice Redlinger hopes to present to her audience during her first recital in Shanghai on August 14 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Turning 28 next month, Redlinger is probably best known as the wife of famed Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
But she is an accomplished pianist in her own right, having worked with national orchestras like the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.
“People yearn for warmth, for brightness, and look forward to love and hugs,” Redlinger said in a recent interview in Shanghai. “I hope music can bring me closer to people and connect our hearts.”
She added that “the music plays various characters. It can be romantic and whimsical and sweet, but sometimes also explosive. It’s fun to play those characters with music.”
The Shanghai concert includes four chapters: Ice World, Candy Kingdom, Under the Stars and Magic Jungle. Programs range from classical to modern, both Western and Chinese.
Classics by Schumann, Prokofieff, Erik Satie and Rachmaninoff will be performed in Ice World, while Candy Kingdom features “Merry-Go-Round” by Joe Hisaish, “Blonde” by Brian Eno and “The Dance of Waterweeds” by Chinese composers Wu Zuqiang and Du Mingxin.
In Under the Stars, the Chinese folk song “Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon” will be played. It is followed by Chopin’s “Nocturne in E flat major”, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Brahms’ “Wiegenlied”.
Magic Jungle includes “Kinderszenen” by Schumann, “La plus que Lente” by Debussy, “Vladimir’s Blues” by Max Richter and “Jazz Fantasy on Mozart” by Fazil Say.
A LED screen will be installed on stage to add vitality and fashionable elements to the performance.
“The four chapters represent four types of moods and emotions,” she said. “Our daily life is often rushed and hectic, and I hope the audience can find some peace in the concert and explore their inner world.”
Redlinger was born to a German father and a South Korean mother in Wiesbaden, Germany. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and gave her first public performance four years later.
She studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and later became a student of the famous pianist Gary Graffman at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg.
In 2016 Redlinger gave his first recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival. She released her first album “Wonderworld” last November.
“I hope to create and present more original compositions for the public in the near future,” she said, who also revealed that her husband Lang Lang’s new personal album will include some songs the couple have been working on. together.