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“Classical music is our closest companion on the road of progress. In the future, I hope more children will be exposed to classical music at an early age, which will help them to explore and pursue beauty.”

Music has been intrinsic to Chenxi Chu’s life since the beginning: “From the first tune my mother hummed to me when I was a kid to the first piece I learned to play, classical music accompanies me to sleep and brings me much happiness. It cultivates my aesthetic appreciation and develops my rational thinking. For me, music is as indispensable as air.” A student at the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he has studied with Zhe Tang and Fan Zhou for five years. A prizewinner of several competitions in China, the Cliburn Junior marks his first international piano contest. In addition to taking on the performance challenge and the benefits he hopes that will bring, he also looks forward to building many friendships while in Dallas, “exchanging our interpretations of music and our ideas with each other, and through them experiencing the diversity of the world.” His curiosity about the world has fostered a love of travel; he enjoys the scenery and architecture of other cultures, and experiencing their local lifestyles and delicacies. His other interests include cooking for friends and family, listening to all kinds of music, and playing video games—which feel like a new world to him.


Preliminary Round

BACH  Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp Major, BWV 858
CHOPIN Etude in F Major, op. 10, no. 8
CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, op. 60
HAMELIN The Minute Waltz, in Seconds

Quarterfinal Round

MOZART Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533 (I)
MENDELSSOHN Lieder ohne Worte, op. 30, no. 6
MENDELSSOHN Variations sérieuses, op. 54
WAGNER–LISZT “Isoldens Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde

Semifinal Round – Recital

VINE Bagatelles Nos. 2 and 3
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6

Final Round – Concerto 

GRIEG Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 16


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