Kui Min was born into a family of musicians (of three generations).  In his youth years, he studied erhu with his father Zhen Min who was a professor and the head of the Traditional Instrument Department at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, and violin and piano with his mother Xinshu Cai.  When he was nine years old, Kui Min started his piano lessons with renowned piano pedagogue Professor Daxin Zhen at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.  After graduating from the Middle School of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music with highest honours, he came to North America with full scholarships, earned his Honours Bachelor of Music at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, two Master of Music degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of WisconsinMadison in the US. 


Kui Min is a highly praised performer.  He is a recipient of numerous awards and honours, including Outstanding Performance Certificate in Dorothy A. Anderson International Piano Competition, the winner of Concerto Competitions at the Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Notre Dame, the winner of Beethoven Competition at the University of WisconsinMadison and the First Prize in Southwest Division Selective Trail of First China International Piano Competition.  Kui Min has been heard in many concert venues throughout Canada, USA, Japan and China.  He has toured with The Canadian Consort let by former Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony principle conductor Chosei Komatsu, representing Canadian government, performing in fourteen cities in Japan including solo performance for The Imperial House of Japan at The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo.

Kui Min is also a passionate teacher whose students have received top honours in international, national and regional competitions in North America.  Two of his students have been recently invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York City after winning the first and second prizes in Crescendo International Music Competition.  Kui Min has been invited to give master classes at several American universities and has presented his research at the National Conference of College Music Society in the US.  He has also served as an adjudicator in numerous piano competitions in Wisconsin, US, and the senior adjudicator for the Sixteenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Annual Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival and the Eighteenth Annual Markham Music Festival in Canada.  Kui Min has taught at the University of Notre Dame Department of Music and the University of Wisconsin‐Madison School of Music, and has served on the faculty at the Rhapsody Arts Center and the Einstein School in Wisconsin, US and International Music Academy, Ware Academy of Music and World Academy of Music in Canada. Kui Min owes much of his success to several outstanding teachers, including James Parker, Christopher Taylor, John Blacklow, Samuel Howard, Jessica Johnson and Gary Amano.



Recitals of solo and chamber music with soprano Seong Shin Ra and cellist Mike Midlarsky in Florida and Madison; two-piano perofrmance with Professor Todd Welbourne at Cardinal Stritch University; solo recital at in the Steinway Fundraiser Concert at Verona Performing Arts Center; recital with saxophonist Joseph Wytko at University of Wisconsin-Madison; performing John Adams' Grand Pianola Music with Professor Todd Welbourne and UW-Madison Wind Ensemble under Scott Teeple in Mills Hall, UW-Madison; guest lecture, master-class and recital at Colby College and Western Illinois University.

Hong-En Chen, one of Kui's students won first place in the 4th Annual Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the orchestra in the prestigious Concerts on the Square series.  And she also won the first prize in the Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artist Competition and performed with the MSO under maestro John DeMain.  She is also the first prize winner of 2009 Fox Valley Symphony Young Artist Festival and performed Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.  Hong-En's current repertoire is Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

Conference Presentation on "An Amalgamation of Chinese and Western Music Through the Piano" at the Fifty-First National Conference of The College Music Society in Atlanta; and at the Rocky Mountain/Pacific Northwest Chapters of College Music Society SuperRegional Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula.
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