Join us for a potluck salon concert with Yan Shen, celebrated Chinese American pianist, as she explores beautiful piano works from Europe and China. Meet terrific people while you enjoy wine, food, and hors d'oeuvres brought by you, other guests, and by Memorial Classical. Program: Mozart Rondo in A minor, Jasmine Flower based on a Chinese folk song , Chopin Mazurka Op.6 No.1-5., Liu Yang River (arranged from a traditional Chinese folk song), Kongfu Rhapsody, Intermission, Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No.2, Op.36. Tickets: Please RSVP with a free ticket on Eventbrite, and make a donation at the door. Suggested donation is $20/person. We accept cash, check and credit card. Pot Luck: Guests are encouraged to bring wine, a snack or a dessert. Schedule: Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and social time from 7:15pm - 7:55pm. The concert will start prompty at 8pm. There will be a brief intermission to replenish drinks and snacks. About Yan Shen: 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). [Organizer's description]