Recently described as " The most electrifying soloist of the 2017 season !" by South Coast Today of Massachusetts, USA. Canadian pianist Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition which epitomizes the greatness of the romantic virtuoso. His performances of major keyboard works of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries have touched audiences and won the praise of critics on three continents. The Toronto Star headlined " This is a young man with real talent... from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato to a judicious choice of tempi ". and described as a pianist " with great confidence... gave more lucidity, color and power" by the Birmingham News. Sheng Cai has been honoured with a number of prizes and awards and continues to push the boundaries in interpreting both the established and rarities of the piano literature.
Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at just fifteen years old, Sheng Cai has performed a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire-- Bartok, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin,Grieg, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with numerous orchestras as guest soloist such as Toronto Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, New Bedford Symphony and Shanghai Symphony, as well as with the Calgary Philharmonic, Ontario Philharmonic. Jalisco Philharmonic and Boca del Rio Philharmonic of Mexico among many others. In Canada, Sheng Cai has also performed with numerous regional orchestra such as Sudbury, Kingston and Kamloops Symphonies, and with Winnipeg Symphony Chamber Players. He has worked with many conductors such as David Lockington, Keith Lockhart, Yoav Talmi, Dirk Meyer, Robert Franz , Dina Gilbert, Guoyong Zhang, Wes Kenny, Marco Parisotto and Eckart Preu.
In solo recitals, Sheng Cai has been heard in many prestigious venues in North America, such as Steinway Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Cleveland Play House, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and other distinguished venues in Stratford, Elora, Montreal and Winnipeg. In China, he inaugurated the Ningbo concert hall, giving both recitals and concerto performances. As a chamber musician, Sheng Cai has collaborated with a number of fine artists, including the Enso String Quartet. Many of his performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada and WCLV Radio station in Ohio, USA. Early in his career as a teenager, he has recorded a CD of works by Mozart and Martinu for the Canadian Broadcast recording Company.
Sheng is a passionate recording artist, his latest all-Schumann album is due to release worldwide on Centaur records in Louisiana USA in November 2018, and the complete Transcendental etudes by Liszt will be released worldwide in stores and online in Spring of 2019 by ATMA Classique records in Montreal, Canada.
Sheng Cai was top-prize winner at many competitions throughout his teenage years, including the First Prize at the TD Bank sponsored National Piano Competition, the Canadian Music competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition, Toronto Symphony Piano Competition, The international young artists competition of Colorado, and was the youngest finalist and special prize winner at the Bosendorfer International Piano Competition and the youngest finalist at Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the US.
Sheng Cai is instrumental in advocating many neglected works that are peaks of the piano literature, works by composers such as Busoni, Enescu, Kabalevsky, Kapustin, Medtner, Villa-Lobos and a number of his own works frequently shows up on his concert programs, his creative programming have made audience aware of such treasures of the piano literature deserves a wider audience.
Born in china, Sheng studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and was a top-prize winner of the National Competition in 1998. the following year, his family immigrated to Canada where he began study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Sheng Cai earned his Bachelor of Music Degree under full scholarship at New England Conservatory in Boston. His most important teachers includes legendary pianists Anton Kuerti and Russell Sherman.
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