YAN SHEN, PIANO



Fanfare Magazine lauded Yan Shen’s performances on her solo album, FANTASY|SONATA|ELEGY, for “bravura,” “flair,” “subtlety,” “clarity,” “intellectual curiosity,” “sensitivity,” “technical prowess,” and many more glowing terms pointing to her nuanced and mature artistry. Since then, she has been named a “Kawai Artist.”

Formerly a tenured piano faculty member of the Guang Zhou Conservatory of Music, China (2005-2010), Yan Shen, holds a DMA in Collaborative Piano and Artist Diploma in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music (studio of renowned pedagogue Timothy Hester). Prior to her studies in the United States Ms. Shen received a M.M. in Piano Performance at Wu Han Conservatory of Music in China, and a B.M. from the Guang Zhou Conservatory of Music.

Yan Shen is a prize winner in numerous international competitions, including: Finalist in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition; Second Prize in the Guang Zhou International Piano Competition; Finalist in the Beijing First International Piano Competition; Third Prize in the Beijing National Piano Competition, among others.


Dr. Shen has performed solo and chamber recitals internationally, including at: Xing Hai Concert Hall, China; Wu Han Concert Hall, China; Carnegie Hall, NY; Qing Dao Concert Hall, China; Hong Kong City Hall, Quan Wan Concert Hall, Hong Kong; LSC-Montgomery Recital Hall, Dudley Recital Hall, Moores Opera Hall, Wortham Hall, USA. She has also given performances at numerous music festivals, including: the Texas Music Festival, USA (2012, 2014, 2017); the Bellas Artes Music festival, Colombia; the “Polyphony” Music Festival, France; the Basel Music Festival, Switzerland; the Olympic Music Festival, Korea. As a complement to her performance appearances, Dr. Shen has been invited by international music schools and institutions to give master classes and recitals, including the Schumann Piano School and Grotrian Piano Company (Germany), and Bellas Artes University in Medellin, Colombia. She has also worked as a voice coach, and collaborated with opera companies including, the Houston Grand Opera and Opera Vista.

In addition to her solo performances, Dr. Shen has collaborated with leading concert artists and ensembles, including: the Aura Contemporary Ensemble; David Campbell (Clarinet/UK); the Rodrieg Ensemble; Eric Varner (Bassoon/Canada); Sydney Carlson (Flute/USA). She has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including: the Guang Zhou Symphony Orchestra and Choir; the Guang Zhou conservatory Symphony Orchestra; the Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra; the Xing Hai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Shen’s engagements in the 2017/2018 season include: solo performances at Hong Kong City Hall; chamber series in Houston; and solo recital tour in Hu Nan, China.

Dr. Shen is a resident artist of HK Metropolitan Pop Orchestra, and piano faculty of Qing Dao Guarneri international music festival.

        沈燕, 旅美钢琴演奏家, Kawai艺术家,美国休斯顿大学音乐学院演奏家文凭以及博士学位获得者。在国内先后师从朱元贞教授, 李杨教授, 赵晓生教授, 卡丽娜·波波娃教授,陈婉教授。在美期间,沈燕师从 Timothy Hester,Abbey Simon。赴美留学前,沈燕任教于广州星海音乐学院,现任休斯顿大学音乐学院客席讲师,香港城市交响乐团驻团艺术家,休斯顿北方交响乐团驻团艺术家,并任教于青岛瓜奈里国际音乐节。

        沈燕以钢琴独奏家及室内乐演奏家的身份活跃在世界舞台上。她的演奏遍布了多个国家和地区, 其中包括纽约卡内基音乐厅、摩尔斯歌剧院及室内乐演奏厅、莱斯大学室内乐演奏厅、休斯顿沃尔泽姆中心、休斯顿龙星学院音乐厅、休斯顿法国领事馆、 休斯顿浸会大学音乐厅、香港大会堂、荃湾大会堂、澳门演艺学院、广州星海音乐厅等等。沈燕也曾多次在各大音乐节上演奏,、哥伦比亚Bellas Artes 音乐节、 法国 Polyphony 音乐节、 瑞士巴塞尔音乐、 韩国奥林匹克音乐节、加拿大Power River音乐节, 并长期受聘为美国德州音乐节首席钢琴。 她在国内外多所艺术院校受邀举办独奏会及大师课,包括 哥伦比亚 Bellas Artes 艺术学院,美国印第安纳州埃文斯韦尔大学,美国达拉斯西南浸会大学,中国兰州师范大学,广州舒曼钢琴学校及斯坦威钢琴中心等等。她同时以艺术指导的身份与各大乐团及歌剧院有密切合作,其中包括休斯顿大歌剧院、当代歌剧院 Opera Vista、加拿大歌剧院Opera on the Avalon,休斯顿交响乐团合唱团、休斯顿Aura现代乐团、休斯顿芭蕾舞剧院交响乐团弦乐四重奏等等。

       与沈燕合作演奏过室内乐的音乐家包括:俄罗斯大提琴教授Vagram Sarajian 、加拿大大管演奏家 Eric Varner 、 英国单簧管演奏家 David Campbell、 台湾小号演奏家 叶树涵、美国长笛教授Sydney Carlson 、 法国大提琴演奏家Louis-Maire Fardet, 小提琴大师Marie Pallot 等等。合作过的乐团包括有香港城市交响乐团,休斯顿北方交响乐团,星海音乐学院交响乐团等等。

       2015年5月 沈燕出版并发行古典钢琴独奏专辑Fantasy | Sonata | Elegy, 世界顶级乐评杂志《号角》(《Fanfare》在2016年发表了知名乐评人Huntley Dent 和Peter Burwasser对这张专辑的评论。这两篇乐评高度肯定了她对拉赫马尼诺夫等三位作曲家的高难度曲目演奏的“清晰、准确、适度和游刃有余”,认为她演奏的美国当代作曲家Roger Sessions的第三钢琴奏鸣曲是“到目前为止演奏水平最高、音乐表达最完美的演奏”, 并称其为 “一位卓越而严肃的音乐家” 。

         沈燕曾参加并获奖的比赛包括:美国Protége国际钢琴协奏曲比赛、广州贝多芬国际钢琴公开赛、北京第一届国际钢琴比赛、北京 "宏艺杯" 钢琴大赛等等。

      沈燕2017-18演出季的音乐会包括受邀于香港中西区政府文化部, 在香港市政厅举办的庆祝香港回归20周年音乐会上表演钢琴独奏; 与休斯顿北方交响乐团合作钢琴协奏曲以及与休斯顿交响乐团弦乐组合作多场钢琴重奏音乐会,以及湖南演艺集团主办的“燕归来”系列独奏音乐会。

Biography

Yan Shen