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Dr. Yiwen Shen is a Chinese conductor, composer, and pianist, and he currently teaches at The Tianjin Juilliard School.

Shen is the 1st prize winner of the Vienna International Conducting Competition “Wiener Schule”, the Los Angeles Conducting Competition and the Atlanta International Conductors Competition, the top prizewinner of the BMI Bucharest International Conducting Competition, and the recipient of the President’s Award from European Music Academy. He has conducted the Shenzhen Symphony, National Ballet of China Symphony, Silesian Philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony, MÁV Symphony, Orchestra of Magna Graecia, Royal Camerata, Bucharest Philharmonic, Bucharest Symphony, Brasov Philharmonic, Joseph Haydn Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra, Prince George’s Philharmonic (MD), University of Maryland’s Symphony and Repertoire Orchestras, as well as the Monteux Festival Orchestra.

Shen’s compositions have been performed in all six habitable continents and hailed as “a jaunty, vibrantly scored canvas” and “with a lucid, economical lyricism” by the New York Times. His awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Gena Raps String Quartet Award, and Arthur Friedman Prize; first prize from SCI/ASCAP Composition Commission; second prize from the First China Clarinet Composition Competition; winner of the Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab, Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, and Albany Symphony’s Composer to Center Stage Competition; two top prizes from Chinese National Composition Competitions, Chinese Golden Bell Award, and Distinguished Achievement of the Year in Music Composition in Shanghai. Other highlights include major orchestral premieres with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, American Symphony, Albany Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Bard Conservatory Orchestra for its first international tour of China. His full-length ballet, The Crane Calling, commissioned by the National Ballet of China, premiered in 2015, toured over 30 cities in China, and received its European debut in 2017 and North American debut in 2018. His music has also been commissioned and performed by ensembles such as Bowling Green Philharmonic, Aeolus String Quartet, Omer String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, Music from China Ensemble, TALEA Ensemble, Dal Niente Ensemble, The New York Virtuoso Singers, among others.

Shen’s piano playing has been praised as “deftly” by the New York Times and “impeccable” by Seen And Heard International Concert Review. He has soloed with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble and played with the Axiom Ensemble at Lincoln Center. He can also be heard in recording on Chinese Bamboo Flute Master Tang Junqiao’s Magical Flute of China, released by Channels Classics Records in 2007.

Shen holds a dual bachelor’s in composition and German studies from Bard College and its conservatory, a master’s and doctorate from Juilliard (where he taught from 2011 to 2016). His composition teachers include Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, and Samuel Adler and his conducting mentors are Alan Gilbert, Ludovic Morlot, Jorma Panula and Michael Jinbo.


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