Pi-Hsun Shih, Traditional Piano
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Thursday, Feb. 21

The University will open today at 10:30 a.m. Classes will begin at 10:50 a.m.

Pi-Hsun Shih

traditional piano

Pi-Hsun Shih, Traditional PianoDescribed as a pianist of "searing precision" by her hometown newspaper Hartford Courant, Pi-Hsun Shih enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher. The Taiwanese-American musician has been a featured soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, The Hartt Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, for whom she served as the principal keyboardist. She has performed throughout North America, South America, and Asia with ensembles such as Empire Brass and the Emerson String Quartet.

Ms. Shih has been a participant in a number of diverse chamber ensembles. Early in her career, she performed in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Asiatica, whose self-titled album was chosen as Record of the Month by Shanghai's Xinmin newspaper. In a review of the recording, the International Clarinet Magazine praised Ms. Shih for a “passionate virtuosity,” that supported, not supplanted the soloist. A sensitive collaborator, Ms. Shih later was invited to join the New World Piano Trio, with whom she has performed for over a decade. She has also concertized with her sister Yu-Chen Shih, as Duo Asiana, a piano duet that recently won Second Prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston. Her experience with those ensembles has allowed her to build on the strong grounding in classical repertoire she received at The Hartt School (D.M.A.) and Boston University (M.M.) and develop a musical style characterized by the Hartford Courant as full of "agile ease and brilliant flashes of panache."

Ms. Shih's collaborations also include promoting contemporary compositions. She has premiered works by Shih-Hui Chen, David Macbride, Dan Román, Robert Edward Smith, Kurt Stallman, Ken Steen, and Gwyneth Walker. She regularly performs with Russian-American cellist/composer Tanya Anisimova as Farela Duo. The duo has made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Ms. Shih balances her vibrant performing career with an equally active teaching schedule. Currently on the faculty of the Hartt School Community, she has also taught at Mount Holyoke College and in the Hartt School Collegiate Division. She studied with Gary Steigerwalt, Hong-Kuan Chen, Irma Vallecillo and Rolf-Peter Wille.

Teaching Philosophy

As a piano teacher, I believe every student is unique. My responsibility is to help students find their individuality and to grow their wisdom along with music making. This goal is achievable through orienting students to a series of structural disciplines. These disciplines are applicable and will prepare them to function effectively in the musical world. 

I strongly believe that preparation is an essential key to success. My teaching philosophy centers on planning and preparing my students mentally and physically for performances. I believe this teaching philosophy will train students to have the right attitude to commit to the music they are making.