Pianist Connie Shih, born in Canada is considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding young artists.
In 1993, she won the Sylva Gelber Award for most outstanding classical artist under age 30. At the age of nine, she made her orchestral debut with Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she was the youngest ever protégé of Gyorgy Sebok at Indiana University, and then continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Claude Frank, a protégé of Arthur Schnabel. Later studies were undertaken with Fou Ts’ong in Europe.
As soloist, she has appeared extensively with orchestras throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe and in recitals she has made countless appearances in Canada, the U.S., Iceland, England, Germany, and China. She frequently performs chamber music with many world renowned musicians. To critical acclaim, she appears regularly in recital with Steven Isserlis.
She has performed at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the prestigious Bath Music Festival and the Kronberg Festival. This past season included collaborations with Steven Isserlis, Susan Gritton and Anthony Marwood at the Aldeburgh Festival and other performances with Tabea Zimmermann and Isabelle Faust.
As Connie Shih has the ability to learn complete works from memory in just a few days and is an avid chamber musician, she is much sought after in recital. The coming season includes chamber music collaborations with such imminent artists, such as Steven Isserlis and Janine Jansen.
Connie Shih’s performances are frequently broadcast via television and radio on CBC (Canada), on the BBC (U.K.),SWR and WDR (Germany) and on other various television and radio stations in the North America and Europe.
The late legendary Josef Gingold remarked, “I do not know of a greater pianistic talent than Connie Shih. Her stupendous technique, musicality, and deep musical understanding place her in a class of itself.”