B i o g r a p h y
Chinese Pianist Junwen Liang stands as a preeminent classical pianist, lauded for his "captivating" (Stroll Magazine) performances and recognized as "an extremely gifted and promising young artist" by the New York Concert Review. Originally from Nanning, China, Junwen embarked on his piano journey at the age of 9, unveiling his prodigious talent with a solo debut at 13.
In recent years, Junwen has graced distinguished venues across the United States, leaving an indelible mark on the classical music landscape. His performances have resonated in renowned venues such as Cohen Family Studio Theater, Robert J. Werner Recital Hall in Cincinnati, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Notably, he has collaborated as a soloist with orchestras including the Central Texas Philharmonic, Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ithaca College Symphonic Orchestra. Junwen's interpretation of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra received acclaim, reaching the public through broadcast on WSKG radio in New York State. His artistry was further acknowledged with an invitation to present a solo performance on WRTI Classical Radio in Philadelphia in August 2022.
In the 2022-23 Season, Junwen's exceptional artistry shone through in performances at Lake Barcroft Concerts, the Tuesday Concert Series in Washington, DC, the Sunday Recital Series at Saint Thomas in New York, and the Trinity Concert Series. His upcoming debut in concert series across North America, including engagements at the Arts Club of Washington, Concerts at Valley Cottage, WIYAMS @ Georgetown University, and the Sevenars Music Festival. Underscore the anticipation surrounding his stellar career, with more concerts to be announced soon.
Junwen's commitment to musical excellence is also exemplified by his participation in prestigious music festivals, including Texas State International Piano Festival, Lunigiana International Music Festival, The Leon Fleshier Academy, Art of the Piano at CCM, Atlantic Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Musique, and Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy. He has worked with famous pedagogues and concert pianists including Piotr Paleczny, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gary Graffman, Jerome Lowenthal, Ching-Yun Hu, Andre Laplante, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Vladimir Feltsman, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, Jeremy Denk, and more.
A recipient of numerous awards, Junwen's trajectory began with victories in esteemed competitions in China at the age of 12. This journey continued globally with triumphs in the New York International Piano Competition, Naftzger Young Artist Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competition (Poland), and WPTA Spain. Notably, he secured first prizes in the Crescendo International Music Competition, Nouvelles Etoiles International Music Competition (France), The Princeton Festival International Piano Competition, YMIC International Music Competition, Philadelphia International Piano Competition, and The American Prize. In Spring 2019, Junwen's achievements were crowned with the exclusive Spencer Merit Award at the National Society of Arts & Letters in Bloomington, an honor given to only one pianist that year.
In addition to his solo career, Junwen extends his musical talents engaging as a collaborative pianist with professional instrumentalists and singers in the thriving music scenes of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore County, Maryland. Recognized for his exceptional collaborative skills, he was honored with the title of "Outstanding Collaborative Pianist" at the Peabody Institute and featured in their esteemed Noon:30 Concert Series. Furthermore, Junwen's collaborative ventures led to his participation in a piano quintet, coached by Michael Kannen, director of Peabody’s Chamber Music Program. The quintet's outstanding artistry earned them the distinction of being the only chamber group from Peabody selected to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Master Class Series, offering a unique opportunity to collaborate with Ludwig Quandt, principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Junwen is now completing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Richard Goode. His past mentors include Christopher Guzman (Penn State), Roberto Plano, Edward Auer (Indiana University), and Charis Dimaras (Ithaca College).
Junwen is represented worldwide by Price Attractions.