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Enjoy an afternoon of world-class art and music-making! Junhong Kuang, winner of the 2016 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, and one of The Peabody Institute's top talents, will dazzle with a vibrant display of artistry and virtuosity.
17-year-old Junhong Kuang has achieved tremendous acclaim in a very short amount of time. He began his professional training in classical guitar at the age of nine with Professor Xu Bao in Chengdu, China. Two years later he won first prize in the Thailand International Guitar Competition and, soon after, he was awarded a prize for the best interpretation of a Spanish piece and also for his interpretations of Bach’s "Chaconne" at the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany.
Junhong has given almost 100 concerts in his young life. In the U.S., he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and he has given recitals in Baltimore, Miami, and at New York’s Symphony Space. In China, he has performed at Shanghai’s Oriental Art Centre Hall in Shanghai and Beijing’s Poly Theatre, among others. In 2014, he was invited to give the opening concert at the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany.
Junhong has performed as a soloist with several orchestras around the world, including the Symphony Orchestra of Dance and Theatre in Beijing, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. This year he will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and be presented in recital by the prestigious Shriver Hall Concert Series, as the winner of Peabody’s Yale Gordon Concerto Competition.
Junhong made his recording debut with the Naxos label in a recording of music by Bach, Albéniz, Granados, Barrios, and Mertz, released in 2015 to great critical acclaim.
Junhong Kuang was accepted into The Peabody Conservatory when he was 15 years old, and is currently studying under the tutelage of the legendary maestro, Manuel Barrueco. His website is junhongkuang.com.