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About the Pianist

A native of Taiwan, pianist Chia-Ching Shen began her piano studies at age four.  She has performed internationally and won many prizes including the 13th International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition (Memphis), the YAMAHA National Piano Competition (Taiwan), the National Taiwan Piano Competition, the Florida State University Chapman Solo Piano Competition, the Streem Award at FSU, and a travel grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts.


Shen received her DMA in piano performance at Florida State University in 2011. She has studied with numerous renowned artists, including Heidi Louise Williams and James Nalley at FSU, Victor Rosenbaum at Mannes College, and Prof. Mei-Ling Wang at the Taipei National University of the Arts.  Her additional studies have included the Vienna International Piano Seminar, the Salzburg International Music Festival, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.


Dr. Shen has given performances in Europe, Taiwan, and the United States as soloist and collaborative pianist.  As a enthusiast of new music, she has worked with composers such as Chen Yi and  Joseph Dangerfield.  Her doctoral treatise: The Asian Inspiration: Chinese Influences in the Solo Piano Music of Chen Yi analyzes in-depth the usage of Western and Eastern compositional traditions in Chen Yi’s piano music.  She has given performances in major cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, Taipei, Chicago, and appears frequently in New York and New Jersey.  Her concert performances have brought her to major concert venues, including Taiwan National Concert Hall, Chicago Culture Center, and Steinway Hall.  She has performed in master classes for many renowned artists, including Vladimir Feltsman, Ann Schein, Boris Bloch, Paul Gulda, and Timothy Eddy and Todd Phillips of the Orion String Quartet.  She taught  piano as a graduate assistant for three years at Florida State University. Currently, Dr. Shen teaches at a private piano studio in Queens, New York, and serves at Montclair State University as a collaborative pianist.

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