October 19-24, 2015

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Connie Kim-Sheng

United States

Connie Kim-Sheng began piano lessons at the early age of three years old with her mother.  When she was eleven, she began her studies with John Perry. Under his guidance and recommendation, she attended many summer programs including Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Music Festival, the Banff Summer Music Program, and the Pan Pacific program in Sydney, Australia. She also followed Professor Perry to the Gold Country Institute in California, where she was awarded the full scholarship to attend the Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland. Most recently she attended the highly intensive chamber program Kneisel Hall in Maine and the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida.

At these summer programs and previously a student at The Glenn Gould School, Kim-Sheng has performed in classes for Gary Graffman, Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, and Robert Levin, among others.

As a winner of the annual concerto competition at the GGS, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with The Royal Conservatory’s The Glenn Gould School orchestra. Kim-Sheng has performed with the Rio Hondo Symphony, as a part of her first prize in the Rio Hondo Concerto Competition, and with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, also a reward for winning their concerto competition. She has also joined the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, the Cal State Northridge Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony as a soloist.

Her awards include first place in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, the Bronslaw Kaper Awards held by the LA Philharmonic and the California MusicFest in 2009; second place in the concerto division of the Virginia Waring International Competition and the 2011 Knigge Music Competition in Vancouver; third place in the New Orleans International Piano Competition and finalist and special prizewinner at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition.

Kim-Sheng was awarded a prestigious Davidson Fellows Scholarship, which was established to support graduating high school students in music or the sciences, and also received generous scholarships from the Young Musicians Foundation. When she was thirteen, she was featured on the radio through NBC’s From the Top.

Kim-Sheng is a graduate of The Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of John Perry and David Louie and is completing a Master’s degree at The New England Conservatory of Music with Meng-Chieh Liu, previously with Hung Kuan Chen.

Program: 

First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major, BWV 870, WTC II
Chopin Etude in A Flat Major Op.10 No.10
Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableaux, Op.39., No.8
Debussy Images Book 1, I. “Reflets dans l’eau”
Chopin Ballade No.4

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Ballade No. 2 in B Minor
Beethoven -Sonata, op. 110
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableaux, Op. 39, No. 5

Final Round
Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op.22

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