Autistic Piano Virtuoso Jiajun Chen is Today’s Honoree  

“Jiajun has many difficulties when communicating with the outside world, but is very comfortable in the world of music. When I first met his mother, she told me a lot about their past, spoke with great emotion, and her eyes filled with tears. I felt heartbroken to learn about Jiajun’s family, his past experiences growing up, and whilst always trying to learn the piano. 

When I first heard Jiajun play he performed Bach, and I felt so calm and moved by his playing. I saw the purity and peace in his heart, and felt like his music was like an unpolluted space in this complicated world.” Mrs. Xia Jing, JiaJun’s teacher (Steinway Young Honorary Teacher).

Jiajun has loved music since he was a very young child. When he was just 13 months old, one day he was running around at home when the music “Swan Lake” came on, he stopped running and stood motionless and listened carefully. He started learning to play the piano at the age of 7 and won the city-level first place at the age of 8. At the age of 9, he studied under teacher Zhang Zhiwei, a professor of Chinese Central Conservatory of Music, and has studied under teacher Xia Jing since the age of 14.  In October 2013, he won the Excellence Award of Amateur Youth Group B in the Fifth “Cadanza” Cup National Youth Chinese Piano Performance Competition. In September 2014, he won the Excellence Award of Piano Amateur Group 2 in the 2014 CCTV Piano Violin Competition. In October 2014, he won the first prize of Piano Youth Group A at the 2014 First International Federation of Arts Youth Music Competition, and in August 2019, he won the Youth Gold Award of the 2019 Liszt International Youth Piano Competition in the China finals.

About the Lang Lang International Music Foundation: 

Founded in 2008, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation strives to make music a part of every child’s life, offering music education to children across the world.  The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® reaches children at all levels regardless of their background or talent level. The Keys of Inspiration® program redefines what music education looks like in public schools by providing up to 30 Roland keyboards and a complete music curriculum to underfunded schools. The Foundation’s Young Scholars program nurtures the development of gifted young piano talent. Young Scholars are offered masterclasses, mentorship, and entry into international festivals and competitions. Young Scholars also received practical training on becoming world class concert pianists.

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