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About Chenxiao (Chen), GradDipTchg (Sec), Bmus (Hons), LTCL


Chenxiao graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Classical Piano Performance at the Australian National University. He also recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland, specialising in Music Education and Science Education. Chenxiao attained his LTCL Piano Diploma with Distinction in 2013.

Chenxiao’s music journey started in New Zealand at the age of 8, where he studied the piano with Dr. Humberto Almeida, Bryan Sayer and Able Zhu. Chenxiao was extensively involved in music as a high school student, playing the piano as well as the flute for the Auckland Grammar Symphony Orchestra and Premier Concert Band. His performances as piano soloist won Best Performance of a New Zealand Piece by a Concert Band in 2015 and Best Performance of a Classical Piece by an Orchestra in 2017. During his high school years, he was a finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Wallace National Junior Piano Competition and won the 2016 IRMT Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship, the 2016 Lang Lang New Zealand Youth Piano Competition, the 2017 Auckland Grammar Minister’s Plate Music Competition and the 2017 Ronisch Auckland Secondary Schools Piano Competition.

Chenxiao was granted the Dennis Griffin National Piano Undergraduate Scholarship to study at the ANU in 2018. His piano lecturers at the ANU School of Music have included Dr. Scott Davie, Dr. Edward Neeman and Dr. Mike Lee. He was awarded the Imad Nassir Prize and the Winifred Burston Memorial Prize for his first-year academic achievements. He was also nominated for the ACT Young Virtuoso Award in 2018. As a second-year university student, Chenxiao won the First Prize and the People’s Choice Prize in the 2019 ANU Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition. He was a semi-finalist in the 2019 New Zealand Wallace National Piano Competition and played keys as a member of the winning band in the 2019 ANU Interhall Big Night Out Battle of the Bands Competition. Chenxiao has also given a few public performances around Canberra, his favourite venues being Llewellyn Hall and the Larry Sitsky Recital Room.

As a piano tutor, Chenxiao aims for an actively engaging positive feedback loop approach that promotes fun and effective music learning. He recognises that students learn earnestly when they enjoy the process of acquiring new knowledge and reflecting upon their own progress. Chenxiao believes that consistent evaluative and descriptive feedback is highly beneficial for the development of a piano student. He applies a wide range of differentiation and scaffolding techniques in his piano teaching to cater for students of varying learning capabilities and needs.


Lessons with Chen

Individual piano lessons with Chen are available at ACTAM Studios in Fyshwick.

Contact us for availability and fee information.

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