Chinese-born pianist Junwen Liang began his piano studies at nine and made his solo debut at the age of thirteen. Junwen has performed in major cities in China, Canada, and the United States. His achievements include the most recent two-time concert appearances at Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; one public broadcast performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with Ithaca College Orchestra on WSKG radio in New York State, and a solo performance broadcasted on Philadelphia’s WRTI Classical Radio. Upcoming performance engagement in 2022 – 2023 includes live and virtual concerts in France, Italy, and the United States.
He was also invited to participate in music festivals such as Lunigiana International Music Festival, Baltimore International Piano Festival, Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy, Orford Musique, Art of the Piano, and Aspen Music Festival. Junwen has won major prizes in multiple competitions such as The American Prize, Juliusz Zarębski International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, and Philadelphia International Piano Competition.
Junwen recently completed a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Penn State, where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Piano. He earned his bachelor degree with a full scholarship at Ithaca College. And a master degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he served as an Associate Instructor in Piano. His major mentors include Charis Dimaras, Edward Auer, Roberto Plano and Christopher Guzman. Junwen is now pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Richard Goode.
“As a teacher, I have taught lessons in both classroom and private settings to students ranging from six years old to adults. It is alwaysgood to know students' interests in music regarding genres, or composers rather than focusing on one particular style. And I wouldalways like to have students play pieces they like at their first lesson before giving any suggestions of what they could further work ondetails like technique, or musicality with more repertoire choices. I also consider myself a good, patient listener. Whether a studentstruggles with performance anxiety or technical issues, I will listen deeply and offer guidance for gradual improvement and mastery.There is no word to express how happy I am when I see my students smiling and satisfied with their accomplishments of what theylearn from each lesson. And I would love to help them discover their potential and encourage them to develop their own interpretationfor the music they enjoy to play”