Kuang Junhong

China

Junhong Kuang began studying classical guitar at nine years old – three years ago – with Professor Xu Bao at China’s Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Since then, he’s remained very busy performing and competing.

In September 2011, Junhong performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music concert hall. Two months later he took home first prize at the Thailand International Guitar Festival and Competition.

Junhong revisited Rodrigo’s famous piece in June 2012 alongside the Xiamen Philharmonic, one of China’s top orchestras.

Last July, at Germany’s Iserlohn International Guitar Competition, Junhong’s stunning performance earned him an invitation to perform with Pepe Romero and Manuel Barrueco. That day Junhong earned multiple competition awards including Best Interpretation of a Piece by Johann Sebastian Bach and Best Interpretation of Spanish Composition. Pepe Romero is quoted to have said to young Juhong, “You will bring this world the love and the beauty with your guitar.”

Currently, Junhong is a student at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music High School but he still finds time to perform and compete. In July 2012, at the invitation of Professor Thomas Kirchhoff – who called Junhong’s tone “as perfect as David Russell’s” – Junhong will perform the opening concert at Iserlohn Guitar Festival along with Aniello Desiderio and the Katona Twins. In 2014 Junhong is booked to perform throughout Germany with the Capella Istropolitana chamber orchestra conducted by Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach.

October’s Carnegie Hall performance, two months before his 13th birthday, will be his New York City debut.