AGE – 24
HOST FAMILY — Bradley Jacobs

Born in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, Junhui Chen entered Shanghai Music Middle School (affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory) at the age of nine. There he studied with Zhengxiao Que and Zhe Tang. In 2013 Junhui entered The Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald. In 2015 he enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music where he earned a bachelor’s degree and currently studies with Robert McDonald and Gary Graffman.

Junhui has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the world including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Music Middle School Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.

Junhui is also a prize winner at several national and international competitions. He was a finalist in the first Wenhua National Piano Competition (junior group) in 2009, and the fourth prize winner in the first Concerto Competition of the Shanghai Music Middle School in 2010. In 2011 he was awarded second prize in the Louisiana International Piano Competition (adult group) as the youngest participant.

Professional training

Curtis Institute of Music (United States)
The Juilliard School (United States)

Recent awards

2017 Marbella International Piano Competition (2nd prize)
2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition (2nd prize)


Round I
Bach                                                     French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
Bartók                                                   Dance Suite, Sz. 77

Round II
Schubert                                              Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946
Liszt                                                     Valse de l’opéra de Faust

Round III
Schumann                                            Humoreske in B-flat major, Op.20
Ravel                                                     Le Tombeau de Couperin

Round IV
Tchaikovsky                                         Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23