After receiving 215 submissions for the title of top amateur classical pianist, CBC Music has chosen young JJ Bui as Canada’s Piano Hero!

We’re happy to announce the winner of Piano Hero 2016, CBC Music’s search for Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist.

After three days of careful deliberation, the jury selected JJ (Jun Li) Bui as the grand prize winner. Bui is 11 years old and studies piano at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 2015, he was included among the Toronto Star’s 12 “wonder kids” under 12.

“This is great encouragement for me,” said Bui upon learning that he won the grand prize. “I thank my family, friends, teacher and all the contestants and people who supported me in this event. I want to tell you that you are all awesome; together we achieved this. You are all heroes!”

A total of 215 amateur classical pianists of all ages and levels submitted videos to Piano Hero and competed for the public’s vote. The top 10 contestants advanced to a final round, judged by pianists Angela Cheng and Jan Lisiecki and conductor/pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin.