“…a new talent who stands out in an overcrowded world of young guitarists.”
“[Kuang] performs the Bach Chaconne with not only technical command, but with impressive understanding of the architecture of the piece.”
Wilmington Classical Guitar is proud to present Chinese guitarist Junhong Kuang in his Delaware debut. Although only 19, Junhong has already enjoyed an incredible career, performing in over 100 concerts and winning several major awards, including first place in the Thailand International Guitar Competition at age 11! At just 14 he recorded his first CD for the illustrious Naxos label, and at 15 he began studies with Maestro Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory. Junhong has a lifetime of making incredible music ahead of him, and we’re overjoyed to be bringing his talents to Wilmington.
Works by Sor, Bach, Granados, Albeníz, Tedesco, Walton, and Rodrigo
Guest Opening Artist: Haoyang (David) Pan
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19-year-old Junhong Kuang was awarded a top prize in the prestigious ARD Music Competition when he was just 17, along with the Audience Prize and the ifp-Music Prize, making him the youngest prize winner in the ARD history.
Junhong, who is widely recognized as one of the greatest young talents in the world today, has already given almost a hundred concerts in his young life. In the United States, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, and he has played recitals in Baltimore, Miami, and at Symphony Space in New York City. In China, he has performed recitals in the Oriental Art Centre Hall in Shanghai, and the Poly Theatre in Beijing among others, and in 2014 he was invited to give the opening concert at the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany.
He 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 the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Rodrigo with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and appear in recital at the prestigious Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, as the winner of Peabody’s Yale Gordon Concerto Competition.
Junhong Kuang made his recording debut with the Naxos label in a recording of music by Bach, Albeniz, Granados, Barrios, and Mertz, released in 2015 to great critical acclaim. He began receiving professional training in classical guitar at the age of nine with Professor Xu Bao in Chengdu, China. Only two years later at the age of eleven, he won first prize in the Thailand International Guitar Competition. He was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University when he was only 15 years old, and is currently studying under the tutelage of the legendary maestro, Manuel Barrueco.