Feb. 15 - 21
Praised as an artist of “remarkable sensitivity and clarity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), pianist Meng-Sheng Shen performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America and Asia. First Prize Winner of the Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards in New York and International Chopin Piano Competition in Taipei, Shen was also awarded Gold Medal in the San Jose International Piano Competition, along with Beethoven Prize and Audience Prize. His performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto was praised for his “appealing mix of delicacy, confidence, and impressive technical mastery” (Tulsa World).
Since making his concerto debut at age ten with Taichung Symphony Orchestra, Shen has performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Marino Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of renown conductors such as Francesco Ommassini, Timothy Henty, Daniel Hege, Joel Sachs, Ransom Wilson, Peter Askim, Chiu-Sen Chen, Chia-Hong Liao, and Shun-Hsu Chuang.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Shen has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Leeds Great Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Liederkranz Hall, Steinway Hall, Trianon Theatre, Aronoff Center for the Arts, VanTrease Performing Arts Center, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall, Friedberg Concert Hall, Goodwin Recital Hall, Rock Hall, Sursa Hall, Katzin Hall, Squires Recital Hall, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, Cleveland Art Museum, Teatro Titano, Nuovo Theatre, White Rock Theatre, Bianzhong Concert Hall, and Taipei National Concert Hall, as well as in Aspen, Banff, Santa Barbara, Prague, Goslar, Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Focus! music festivals.
Shen has been awarded top prizes in many international piano competitions,
including San Marino, Hastings, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Vancouver, Yamaha, Kawai, and Taiwan International Piano Competition, as well as Juilliard’s Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Competition. Shen is a two-time nominee at the prestigious Gina Bachauer Award, as well as a laureate and diploma recipient in Chopin, Liszt, Leeds, Cleveland, Bachauer, and Midwest International Piano Competitions.
Shen holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Boris Slutsky. He has also studied with Ning An, Robert Silverman and Tzong-Kai Kuo. Currently, he serves as the Associate Professor on the piano faculty and Distinguished Scholar of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.