Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) is a conceptual virtuosic high countertenor. With 10 years of classical singing training in Europe, he specializes in presenting what classical music can be today. Praised by New York Music Daily as ‘such prodigious talent’, Ju-eh has just premiered his very own opera as Ju-eh+Hwarg based on Ju-eh’s life story in February 2019. His future engagements include Meredith Monk's opera Atlas with LA Phil in June 2019, appearance at the Prototype Festival with Beth Morrison Projects in 2020 and his long running improvised opera salon series in New York City among others.
I am a voice artist and a curator based in New York City. I believe in the transforming power of classical music. Especially today, in a shaky global political environment, with social media speeding up people’s lives, it becomes essential for music to touch their feelings and to remind them of their humanity.
As a Cantonese countertenor who studied in Europe (London, Paris, Amsterdam), I had to restart my life many times with new limitations and opportunities. On many occasions, I faced rejection, like most people, and I felt I had to redeem myself. The inner need for redemption is universal. My own way of fulfilling it was to accept rejection, to take it as a necessary hurdle in my journey as a performer and to describe this universal pain in an artistic form on stage.
At the same time, I built stages myself and I sought creative resonance in other artists I co-opted in the projects I produced. In Image of the Sound, for example, I merged my voice with lights and performance art to create a unique ecosystem. I also led a band made of a countertenor, a guitarist and a beatboxer which revived old English songs and pieces by contemporary artists like Radiohead and Andrew Bird. Most recently, I created my own Living Dying Opera that put a spotlight on daily micro dramas through the means of electronic sounds and my own personal stories.
By presenting these creative original works to wider audiences, my hope is that people can feel intrigued by these ideas so they can embark on their own inner familiarization journeys. I trust classical music, seen through the lens of today, can recall humanity, it can remind people of their feelings and of who they are.
2015 - 2017
M.M. Mannes College of Music, The New School, USA - Voice
2013 - 2015
Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands - Advanced Baroque Studies
2010 - 2013
B.M. Guildhall School of Music & Drama, United Kingdom - Vocal performance
2008 - 2009
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom - Jazz Studies