Friday, 12 February, 2021 | 5:00 PM
2020 Ross McKee Young Artist
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
About the artist
Ryan Sheng started learning to play the piano at age 5 and soon began to perform internationally in competitions and festivals. He was invited to participate in the 2019 Van Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition Festival and PianoTexas Young Artist Program with full scholarship. As the winner of the concerto competition in PianoTexas, he performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. As the 2020 solo competition winner, he will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Golden State Youth Orchestra in the 2020-2021 season. In 2017, he was invited to perform a solo recital at Brussels Music Festival in Belgium. He was one of the 24 contestants of 2016 Gina Bachauer International Competition and a prize winner of many local and international competitions. Some prizes he has won include 2020 Ross McKee Young Artist award winner; 3rd prize of 2019 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Intermediate category; 1st prize and the special prize of Best Performance of Bence Kutrik Introverted Confessions at the 10th Rosario Marciano International Competition; 2nd prize, Audience Award, and Young Jury Award at the 2019 Emory Piano Competition; and the 1st prize of 2018 Pacific Music Competition. He has been invited by audition to perform in the 2010, 2015, and 2018 Junior Bach Festival. In the summer of 2017 and 2019, he won 1st prize in the North Coast International Piano Festival Competition, earning him performances in Carnegie Hall.
Ryan Sheng is a founding member of Evergreen Ensemble and a member of Young Chamber Musicians. His music teacher is Prof. Frank Levy, while previously Mrs. Anna Polonsky.