As one of the most influential young musicians today, guitarist Junhong Kuang was selected as one of the ‘30 Brilliant Classical Musicians Under 30’ by conductor Julian Lloyd Webber. He has worked with many conductors including Darrell Ang, Michael Francis, Tonu Kaljuste, Kevin Griffiths, Jed Gaylin, Nell Flanders, Chen Xieyang, Chen Lin, Hu Yongyan, Zhu Qiyuan, Fu Renchang, and shared the stage with musicians including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Lv Siqing, Mei Diyang, and Zeng Yun. He also works closely with composers Gerald Garcia and Wen Ziyang.
Kuang was awarded the top prize in the classical guitar category of the prestigious ARD Music Competition in 2017, along with the Audience Prize and the Ifp-Musikpreis, making him the youngest prizewinner in ARD’s history.
Kuang has performed with some of the top orchestras around the world, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Collegium, Peabody Symphony Orchestras, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Chengdu Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kuang began his study at the age of nine with Professor Xu Bao in Chengdu, China. He was accepted into the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University at the age of 15, and studied with the legendary maestro Manuel Barrueco. He is associate professor of classical guitar at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and is Pre-College faculty at The Tianjin Juilliard School.