Redefining the Classroom

Pianist Sandra Wright Shen to open Arts Center season at LSSU

Posted: September 5th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Sandra Wright Shen, a pianist who is known not only for her art, but for teaching classical music appreciation around the world, will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Lake Superior State University Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

“We are really lucky to have Ms. Shen perform here,” said Tom Davis, director of the LSSU Arts Center. “She is a phenomenal pianist.”

Sandra Wright Shen

Mixing music and philanthropy, Shen has raised more than $25,000 by playing benefit concerts for earthquake victims, foster children, educational programs and assisted-living patients. An ambassador of classical music, she has taught classical music appreciation to beginning and advanced students, business leaders and children.

She was the host of a classical radio program for FM 97.5 in Taiwan and is now working on a classical music program to be broadcast on PBS.

“Sandra Wright Shen's playing was passionate and clean, a perfect match for the NMO,” said Maestro Francesco Milioto, director of the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, when Shen performed in Illinois. “It was a powerful performance from a most gracious and humble soul."

Shen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music/piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory under Ann Schein. She performed in master’s classes with Ruth Slencynska, Jerome Lowenthal, Andre Watts, and Rebecca Penneys, and studied chamber music with Earl Carlyss. She studied Russian pianism with Zalina Gurevich, Oleg Barsov, and Lev Nauomov. She also collaborated in chamber music with Vesselin Parashkevov, the concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic, and cellist Nina Kotova, and has worked with the Alban Berg Quartet, Jorg Demus, and Grant Johannessen.

Shen has made guest appearances with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Moment Musical, and the Young Artist Chamber Concert Series at the Kennedy Music Center.

Her solo recital appearances include the Chicago Cultural Center, Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Peace Center, Steinway Society concerts – setting a record for attendance -- and solo recital tours throughout the United States and Taiwan. She has also appeared in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany.

Shen has won first prizes in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano Competition, and the Peabody Frances M. Wentz Memorial Prize. She has recorded three CDs, debuting with her Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto.

Shen currently teaches at the Brevard Music Institute, and she previously taught at Southern Illinois University. Her appearance at LSSU is by arrangement with Price Rubin & Partners.

Tickets are available online or by calling 906-635-2602. Hear and see some clips of Ms. Shen performing at her website by clicking on "Videos." -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315;; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Tom Davis, 635-2184,