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Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (Piano Performance)
Boston New England Conservatory (Master's)
Cleveland Institute of Music (Other)
A native of Guangzhou, China, Lu is a multiple award-winning pianist, acclaimed on four continents for his artistry, diverse repertoire and quietly charismatic performance style. According to the distinguished pianist John O’Conor, “Lu’s interpretations have great depth, his technique seems effortless, and he communicates wonderfully with his audience.”
Lu has appeared as guest soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra, Spanish's Ferrol Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgium’s Orchestre Royale de Chambre de Wallonie and China’s Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. His performance with the Central Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra was broadcast on CCTV, the largest national television network in China.
In addition to concerts in Beijing’s Central Conservatory Music Hall, Culture Center and City Hall, Lu has been heard in, among many internationally renowned concert halls, Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall (New York City), Jordan Hall (Boston), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Flagey Concert Hall (Brussels), National Concert Hall (Dublin),City Hall(Hamamatsu) and Seymour Centre (Sydney). He has been a featured artist at the China International Piano Festival in Beijing, Piano Texas International Academy & Festival and New York’s PianoSummer at New Paltz, and has collaborated with the Sydney Trio and the Aurora and West Edge string quartets. Mr. Shen is especially interested in contemporary Chinese repertoire, and has presented works by Guo Zhiong, Huang An-Lun, Wang Jianzhong, Zhang Shuai, Chen Peixun, Gao Ping and Tan Dun.
A laureate of numerous international competitions, Lu was awarded the gold medal of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the first prize from the 2002 Hong Kong Asia Open Piano Competition. He has also been awarded prizes from the competitions of Florida, Iowa and Louisiana’s Wideman (United States), CCTV, YAMAHA, KAWAI, Gulangyu and Jinzhong (China), TOYAMA (Hong Kong) and Campillos and Ferrol (Spain); most recently, he was awarded The Philippe Cassard Prize for the best performance of a French work at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition.
Lu earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, having worked with Wu Ying. His Master’s Degree and Graduate Diploma were conferred by the New England Conservatory of Music, where, while studying with Alexander Korsantia, he was awarded the Beneficial Society and Chinese Performing Arts Scholarship and was a prize winner of the concerto competition. His other principle teachers includes Lin Eryao, Li Siying, Huang Tiandong, Chen Zihua and his father, Shen Guofu. Currently Mr. Shen just finished his Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music under HaeSun Paik.
In 2015, Lu’s debut CD, “Watercolor,” was released on the Steinway & Sons label through Arkiv Music. Shen Lu is under Parker Artist.
A native of Guangzhou, China, Lu is a multiple award-winning pianist, acclaimed on four continents for his artistry, diverse repertoire and quietly charismatic performance style. According to the distinguished pianist John O’Conor, “Lu’s interpretations have great depth, his technique seems effortless, and he communicates wonderfully with his
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I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 2016, I graduated from Cleveland Institute of Music with a Artist Diploma degree in Piano Performance. Performing all over the world has been one of the greatest experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play both at the Cleveland Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as touring China, Japan, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Israel as several performances as the principle pianist with major orchestras.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 12 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my studio for the last 5 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the piano and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn’t having fun in their lessons, then I’m not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original materials, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I’m always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
I am very patient and responsible teacher. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction on their wants and needs.