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Praised as an artist of “remarkable sensitivity and clarity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), award-winning 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 the International Chopin Piano Competition in Taipei, Shen was recently awarded Gold Medal in the San Jose International Piano Competition, along with Beethoven Prize and Audience Prize. His recent appearances include solo recitals at Lincoln Center and Leeds Great Hall, as well as concerto performances with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and San Marino Symphony Orchestra.
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, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of renown conductors such as Timothy Henty, Francesco Ommassini, Daniel Hege, Joel Sachs, Ransom Wilson, Peter Askim, Chiu-Sen Chen, Chia-Hong Liao, Shun-Hsu Chuang, and Tzong-Kai Kuo. His recent performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto was praised for his “appealing mix of delicacy, confidence, and impressive technical mastery” (Tulsa World).
In recent seasons, Shen 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, 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 and Taipei National Concert Hall, as well as in Aspen, Banff, Santa Barbara, Prague, Goslar, Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Focus! festivals.
Top prizes include San Marino, Hastings, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Vancouver, Yamaha, Kawai, and Taiwan International Piano Competitions, as well as Juilliard’s Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Competition. Shen is a two-time nominee at the Gina Bachauer Award, and diploma recipient in Chopin, Liszt, Leeds, Cleveland and Midwest International Piano Competitions.
Shen earned both his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal and Yoheved Kaplinsky. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Boris Slutsky. He served as a Secondary Piano Faculty at Juilliard, and a current Graduate Assistant in piano and keyboard studies at Peabody.