Twenty-three year old Pianist, Sheng Cai has inherited the tradition of romantic piano playing which epitomize the greatness of a romantic virtuoso. His performance has greatly touched audiences and praised by musicians, critics of today. Hailed as “This is a young man with real talent” by the Toronto Star and as “with great confidence, temperamental piano, impressive for its bravura…gave more lucidity, breadth, color and power.” described by the Birmingham News of Alabama.
Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony at age 15, he became a frequent guest soloist with numerous leading Orchestras such as Symphonies of Toronto, Colorado, Shanghai, Quebec, Calgary Philharmonic, he was also invited to perform with Atlantic, Fort Collins, Cathedral Bluffs, Kamloops, Kingston, Windsor Symphonies, Winnipeg Symphony Chamber players among many others. He worked with such eminent conductors, such as David Lockington, Keith Lockhart, Jim Kim, Robert Raines, Bruce Dunn,Yoav Talmi,Guo-yong Zhang, Wes Kenney, Robert Franz and Victor Sawa.
As a recitalist, he has performed throughout North America, in such venues as Steinway Hall in New York, Boston College Club, Jordan Hall in Boston, Modern Art Museum in Texas, Alys Stephen Center in Alabama, Cleveland Play House. In China, he inaugurated the Ningbo Concert Hall, where he played solo recitals and concerto performances. In Canada he has performed recitals at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, Association of the Symphony, Elora and Barrie, Stratford International Music Festivals. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous groups such as the Enso String Quartet. Sheng Cai has recorded a CD for Canadian Broadcast Company. He was invited to take part in the filming of Franz Liszt DVD of Ophra Yerushalmi. His recent recordings have been broadcasted on CBC radio and WCLV Radio Station in Ohio. He has also concertized throughout England, Russia and the Czech Republic.
He was top prizewinner at competitions throughout his teenage years as youngest finalist and special prize winner at Bosendorfer International Piano Competition in Arizona, youngest finalist at Hilton Head International piano Competition in South Carolina, top winner at Julia Crane International piano competition in Potsdam, New York. In Canada, he was youngest ever to win both Toronto and Montreal Symphony piano Competitions. Cai's repertoir list already includes an impressive 32 major works that he has mastered for future orchestral performances. Born in China , he studied at Shanghai music conservatory with the chair of piano department. In 1999, his family immigrated to Canada, his parents enrolled him in Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, then he privately studied with pianist Anton Kuerti, he continued his studies with pianists Russell Sherman and HungKuan
Chen and obtained Bachelor of Music Degree under the full scholarship at New England Conservatory in Boston. He is also working with Gary Graffman privately in New York. His recent tours include recitals in various venues in North America and others.