Steinway artist Shizhe Shen, praised for her brilliant technique, strong temperament, charming stage personality and the depth in her interpretations, her thrilling performances has led her to many prestigious venues worldwide. In spite of her youth, she is already recognized as one of China’s leading pianists.
She was born in 1994 in the city XiangTan, received her first piano lesson at the age of 6 with Ms Hua Wang, after completing her studies with Professor Bin Su at the middle school attached to the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, she moved to England with a full scholarship to study at both the Purcell School of Music and the pre-college of Royal Academy of Music under Professor Tessa Nicholson and then at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (HMTMH) with Professor Arie Vardi.
After started playing the piano, she showed her talent immediately after winning numerous competitions in China which includes the 1st prize at the "Qintai piano competition", the top national "Song Qinglin scholarship", the 1st and the Absolute prize at the prestigious "China Golden Melody piano competition". After moving to Europe, she won the 1st prize at the Purcell School Concerto Competition, the 1st prize at the Christopher Duke Piano Competition and the 3rd prize at the Louisiana International Piano Competition.
Shizhe Shen gave her first performance at the age of 7. As a sensitive refined pianist, she gives frequently performances across the world which has gained audience and critic's favor by her colourful and emotional playing. She has been invited to play at the most prestigious concert halls in China including the Changsha Concert Hall, Hunan Grand Theatre, Hunan Concert Hall, Kaiyuan Grand Theatre Concert Hall, Huangzhong Concert Hall, Bianzhong Concert Hall. As well as in Europe and the United States such as Steinway Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Coughlin-Saunders Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Hall at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ulsan Concert Hall (Korea), Rossini-Saal, Regentenbau Bad Kissingen (Germany), Krakow Philharmonic Hall, among others. Her performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Roberto Gianola was successfully live broadcasted over the world.
As one of the most outstanding pianists in her generation, she has been invited to give many master classes and has been invited to perform at several international renowned music festivals as guest artist, including "Kissinger Klavier Olympic" “30th Kissinger Sommer", Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. Famous French composer Thierry Escaich gave great recognition for her imaginative rendition of his works.
“Shizhe is outstandingly gifted, has a very strong technique and plays with great temperament and musicality. She is extremely dedicated and has flare and communication in public performance. Already, she really plays with a voice of her own, she is a real exciting pianist” - Tessa Nicholson.
Shizhe Shen is now appointed artistic director and artist in residence at PinYa Media, one of China's most prestigious classical music media companies. She also dedicates her time to charitable music projects and has recently had a music room named after her in China.