Junhong Kuang, guitarist
Winner of the 2016 Yale Gordon Competition
at the Peabody Conservatory of Music
March 26, 2017 @ 2 pm
Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
17-year-old Junhong Kuang, has achieved tremendous notoriety in a very short amount of time. He began receiving professional training in classical guitar under the guidance of Professor Xu Bao in August 2009. Two years later, he won first prize in the Thailand International Guitar Competition, and shortly thereafter, he was awarded a prize for best interpretation of a Spanish work and a work by J. S. Bach, at the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. This past season, Junhong Kuang received 1st prize in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at the Peabody Conservatory.
He has given almost a hundred concerts in his young life, including a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Oriental Art Centre Hall in Shanghai, and Beijing Poly Theatre among others. In August 2014, he was invited to give the opening concert at the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium in Germany and in the 2015-2016 concert season he performed four recitals in the United States: New York, Baltimore, Salisbury, and Miami, and he toured with dozens of concerts in China.
Junhong has worked with conductors such as Hu Yongyan, Fu Long, Peng Jiapeng, and Chen Lin, and has performed as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Dance and Theatre in Beijing, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sichuan Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in a New Year’s Celebration Concert this past season.
Junhong Kuang was accepted into college in the fall of 2015 at the age of 15, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Maestro Manuel Barrueco.
Listen to our artistic director, Mike Repper, talk about Junhong Kuang as broadcast by WBJC-FM