June 2016 Winner: Chen Jia-Wei
Chen Jia-Wei, age fourteen, is currently a trumpet student at the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He studies with Mr. Dai Zhonghui, a distinguished trumpet professor and former principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of China.
Chen Jia-Wei is an active, smart, and most talented student at the music institute. He grew up in a musical family and found a love for music at a young age. He started playing piano when he was four and trumpet at age ten. He became first trumpet in the school orchestra when he was in fourth grade. In 2011, he won the prize for the Beijing Art Festival, elementary school district.
In 2013 and 2014, he was selected as the winner for the HaiDian district solo competitions and was also awarded the Young Artist Award by the Beijing City Education Center. In July of 2013, he was chosen to perform a solo at the Concert Hall of the National Performing Arts Center.
Chen Jia-Wei has been soloist with Jia Ping Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Ba Yi Middle School Wind Orchestra, and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music. He won first prize in 2014 for the International Trumpet Guild Youth Solo Competition (under-14 division) at the ITG conference in Columbus, Ohio.
As the June 2016 Young Artist Award recipient, he will receive a one-year complimentary membership to ITG. Congratulations, Chen Jia-Wei!