Yuan Sheng

Yuan Sheng has gained international recognition through his extensive performances in more than twenty countries as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. The International Piano Magazine considered Yuan Sheng “The nation’s (China) premier interpreter of Bach.” The New York Times wrote that “Mr. Sheng’s ear for balance is unfailing……the attraction was entirely visceral.” The renowned music author David Dubal states that: “…Just listen to him, you will be charmed and touched!” Mr. Sheng has performed in Carnegie Hall, Ford Performing Arts Center in Toronto, Canada, Cadogan Hall in London, UK, Seoul National Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, South Korea, as well as the National Center for the Performing Arts, the Forbidden City Concert Hall, and Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing; and Shanghai Concert Hall in Shanghai, China. He has been heard and seen on WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston, NPR, the National Radio Station of Spain, the National Radio Station of France, National Television of Poland, China Central TV, and Beijing Music Radio. Mr. Sheng’s performances and research on the music of Bach have attracted international attention in recent years. The New York Times said that “…… the A major and A minor Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” Book 1, were models of clarity, balance and proportion. That is not to say that they were straightforward or unmediated: Mr. Sheng made the A minor Prelude into a fiery drama, with the equally energetic but stunningly voiced Fugue as an otherworldly rejoinder.” During the 2009-10 season Mr. Sheng gave a 5-recital-series of an All-Bach-Program as well as a 5-lecture-series on Bach at the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall. Mr. Sheng’s 6 CD recordings of works by Bach and Chopin have been released by Piano Classics and China Record Corporation Shenzhen. Born to a family of musicians in Beijing, Yuan Sheng began his music studies with his mother at age five, continuing them later at the Central Conservatory with Professors Qifang Li, Huili Li, and Guangren Zhou. From 1991 to 1997 Yuan Sheng was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. His interest in the music of Bach inspired him to study intensively with Rosalyn Tureck.

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