Hailed as a “most gifted” and “individualistic, effective with formidable technique” pianist by TheaterJones and DallasMorning News, Congcong Chai has established himself as one of the genuine pianists in his generation.
Mr. Chai is the Winner of Astral National Audition (Philadelphia, 2016), the 1st Prize Winner of 14th Padova International Music Competition (Italy, 2016), 1st Place of American Fine Arts International Concerto Competition (New York, 2015), Grand Prize winner of Metropolitan International Piano Competition (New York 2014), the Top Winner and Audience Prize of 22nd Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition (Italy, 2013), the 1st Prize Winner of Symphony in the Valley Young Artists Concerto Competition (Grand Junction 2013), the 1st Prize Winner of Dallas International Piano Competition (Dallas, 2013), He is also the prize winner of the 53rd Sorantin International Competition for Piano and Strings, the Philharmonia Collegiate Concerto Competition, HSO Young Artist Competition, American Prize “Lorin Hollander Award”, and Ischia International Piano Competition.
Mr. Chai has performed throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. He enjoys an association with the conductors Richard McKay, Robert Ward, Benjamin Cline and Yondani Butt, performed as a soloist with Dallas Chamber Symphony, Vienna International Orchestra, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Guang Dian Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Symphony in the Valley Chai has also collaborated with Rolston String Quartet, Ensemble l’Aube, Ensemble Kiowa, and Cincinnati New World Chamber Orchestra.
In 2016-2017 season, Mr. Chai’s musical activities including solo recital tour in Italy (Venice, Padova and Abano Terme), recital tour in the U.S. (New Jersey, San Francisco, Kansas City and Philadelphia), and concerts in China Wuhan, Hainan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Xiamen. He was invited as guest artist to perform at Fort Hays International Keyboard Festival (USA 2016), Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival (Georgia 2017), Poli Music Festival (China 2017), IBLA Grand Prize Competition and Festival (Italy 2017), as well as holding masterclasses and lectures.
In 2017-2018 season, Mr. Chai’s performance activities including recitals in Italy, Poland, China and the U.S., as well as tour in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Born in Xian, China, Chai started learning piano with his mother at a young age. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Professor Eleanor Wong, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Kansas, U.S.A. under Dr. Jack Winerock. He is recently appointed as Piano Instructor at Wuhan Conservatory in China.