Inner Mongolia-born baritone Hongyu Chen has been doing his PhD at the Arts University of Belgrade since 2020. He graduated in 2017 with distinction at the University of Music Saar under the guidance of Eva Randová. He went on to complete his Master's with the highest score at the Mannheim Opera School under Rudolf Piernay and finished his postgraduate program at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Eva Marton.
As a multiple prizewinner at international competitions, he won the 55th International Singing Competition Anton Dvorak, Johannes Brahms (Austria), Ada Sari (Poland), Josef Sinmandy (Hungary), Città di Alcamo (Italy), Imrich Godin (Slovakia), UPMCF (France), JEJ Reszkow (Poland). ) and Chamber Opera Schloss Rheinsberg in Germany. He has appeared at the Frankfurt Opera, the Bayreuth Festival (Haus Wahnfried), Carnegie Hall, the Tyrolean Festival, the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, the Nationaltheater Weimar, the national theater Belgrade and the Nationaltheater Szeged.
His extensive concert engagements have taken Hongyu Chen to several European countries as well as to the USA and Asia and led to collaborations with renowned orchestras such as the German State Philharmonic Rhineland-Palatinate, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the Orchester National de Lorraine and conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Helmut Rilling, Gustav Kuhn, and Gyüdi Sandor. Since 2018 he has been a junior professor at the Inner Mongolia Art University in China and at Szeged University in Hungary, as well as a visiting professor for master classes in China and Europe.