“Music is an invitation to unravel a universal mystery. Countless scores of drama and dance have enchanted and united composers, performers and audiences alike. Sixteen years ago, I responded to an invitation from classical music as a newborn infant who calmed down while listening to Baby Mozart playing on a toy mobile. Today I am responding to an invitation from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to serve as a Young Scholar in its global music education program. What an honor and privilege this invitation represents for me! I look forward to being nurtured and inspired by the incredible Lang Lang himself (!!!) and to forming new friendships with the other talented Young Scholars in my class. It is no mystery to me that the Lang Lang International Music Foundation will stimulate my own growth as a budding performing artist. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to spark a universal passion for classical music.”
Jeffrey Chin is 16 years old and attends the Juilliard School as a Pre-College student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. Prior to Juilliard, he studied piano with Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman in Denver, Colorado. At age 11, he won the Denver Steinway Piano Concerto Competition (Middle School Division) and was invited to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. His other piano concerto performances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Lamont Summer Academy Orchestra. In 2014, he was named Top Performer in Junior Category by the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. He was First Place Winner of the 2015 Colorado State MTNA Junior Piano Competition and First Place Winner of the 2016 West Central Division MTNA. In 2016, he was a Junior Category Finalist and Third Prize Winner in the Midwest International Piano Competition. For the past three summers, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School where he was selected for masterclasses with Arie Vardi, Stephen Hough and Inon Barnatan. Most recently, he was named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University and had a masterclass with Boris Berman. He was selected by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to be a Young Scholar in the class of 2018-2020. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school and high school. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys math, computer coding, and learning French and Mandarin Chinese.