Thursday, Aug. 10 – Sheng Cai, classical pianist
Twenty-eight year old award-winning 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. Honored with a number of prizes and awards, Sheng Cai has been described as a pianist “with great confidence … lucidity, color and power …” 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.
In recitals, Sheng Cai has been heard in such North American venues such Steinway Hall in New York and CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In China, he inaugurated the Ningbo Concert Hall. As a chamber musician, Sheng Cai has collaborated with a number of fine artists, including the Enso Quartet. 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. 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.
“the most electrifying soloist of the season”. – New Bedford Today
“Not since I’ve seen the Canadian great pianist Glenn Gould . . . have I seen so much passion and demonstrative emotion!” Haliburton Echo
Sheng Cai Schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 9 – 10 am Classical Kids
Thursday, Aug. 10 – 7 pm – Preshow Talk
Thursday, Aug. 10 – 8 pm – Performance