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Pianist, Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition which epitomizes the greatness of the romantic virtuoso. His performances have
touched audiences and won the praise of critics on three continents. Of his Chopin 1st piano Concerto the Toronto Star headlined:"Young
pianist impresses at debut" and continued "a young man with real talent... from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato
to a judicious choice of tempi... some of the same qualities embodied in Pollini's approach". Honored with a number of prizes and
awards, Sheng Cai has been described as a pianist" with great confidence... gave more lucidity, color and power" by the Birmingham
Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony at just fifteen years old, Sheng Cai has since performed a broad spectrum of concerto
repertoire --- Bartok, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff,Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky
with numerous orchestras as guest soloist such as Toronto Symphony, Quebec Symphony,Windsor Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, New Bedford
Symphony and Shanghai Sympnony,as well as with the Calgary Philharmonic,Ontario Philharmonic, Jalisco Philharmonic of Mexico and many
others. In Canada, Sheng Cai has also performed with numerous regional orchestra such as Sudbury, Kingston and Kamloops Symphonies,
and with the Winnipeg Symphony Chamber Players and others. He has worked with conductors such as David Lockington, Keith Lockhart,
Yoav Talmi, Glen Fast, Robert Franz. Bruce Dunn, Guoyong Zhang, Wes Kenny, Marco Parisotto and Eckart Preu.
In recitals, Sheng Cai
has been heard in the North American venues such Stainway 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 venue
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 Quartet. Many of his performances
have been broadcast on CBC Radio and he has recorded a CD for the Canadian Broadcast Company. In addition, he was invited to take
part in the filming of Franz Liszt DVD of Ophra Yerushalmi.
Sheng Cai also recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio for Concertino Praga
International Competition in the Czech Republic, these were released under Canadian Broadcasting Company label. He was top-prize winner
at competitions throughout his teenage years, including the First Prize at the TD bank sponsored National Piano Competition, the Canadian
Music Competition,Toronto Music Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Piano competition, Toronto Symphony Piano Competition,
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.
Sheng Cai is instrumental in advocating many neglected works that are peaks of the
piano literature, works by composers such as Busoni, Enescu, Kablevsky, Medtner, Villa-Lobos and a number of his own works frequently
shows up on his concert programs, his creative programming has 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 teachers have included pianist
Anton Kuerti, Russell Sherman and Hungkuan Chen.
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