What impresses me most about C. Bechstein pianos is how responsive they are to every gesture, being able to produce a kaleidoscope of colours with minimal effort. This creates a bond between piano and pianist that simply feels organic.
Shaun Choo was born in Singapore and commenced piano at the age of seven. After initial lessons with Lena Ching, he pursued his studies abroad at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, graduating as "Bachelor of Arts" under professors Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Andreas Weber and "Master of Arts" under professor Jacques Rouvier with highest distinction. He currently studies at the University of the Arts Berlin with Prof. Björn Lehmann. Further mentors include Dmitri Alexeev, Bernd Goetzke, Matti Raekallio and Dang Thai Son.
Shaun’s performing career has taken him across Europe and Asia. Venue highlights include the National Concert Hall Beijing, Bregenzer Festspielhaus, Leipziger Gewandhaus, Esplanade Concert Hall and Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola. He has been invited to festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival, Klavierfrühling Deutschlandsberg, Singapore International Piano Festival and Festival Piano Pic, and has performed at various international events and congresses. Shaun often appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic, Leipzig Academic Orchestra and Orchestre de Pau.
Shaun is a prizewinner at more than ten international competitions, including nine first prizes. He emerged victorious at the 3rd International Piano Competition Istanbul Orchestra’ Sion and is a fivetime prizewinner in international Chopin competitions held in Hungary, France, China, South Korea and Australia. Other notable triumphs include the Artur Schnabel Piano Competition Berlin, Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition Beijing and ZF Musikpreis Friedrichshafen, and prizes at the "Flame" International Competition Paris and Blüthner Golden Tone Award in Vienna.
An avid composer, Shaun often performs his own works during recitals. He was commissioned by the Singapore Armed Forces to compose the Signal Formation Song during his two-year military service. He has conducted several masterclasses and is a recurring professor at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum. He holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Chun University Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore.
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