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Born in Shenyang, China, Nana Shi is a versatile pianist, recital collaborator, and music educator. Her intuitive and communicative playing has taken her to musical venues across the country including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and WMP Concert Hall in New York City. She recently collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group for six sold out performances at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. An avid chamber musician, Nana has appeared at Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.
As a soloist, Nana has appeared with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was a first prize winner of CCM's Concerto Competition, CCM's Van Cliburn Scholarship Competition, Lima Young Artists' Competition, among others. She is currently on faculty at the Herald music School in Queens while pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Gilbert Kalish at SUNY Stony Brook.
Dustin M. January 6, 2011
"When I returned to the piano at the age of 25, after a 20 or so year hiatus, I began painstakingly trying to learn Bach and Beethoven "note by note". I suppose most adults would approach the problem this way, as it seems the most logical thing to do.
By contrast, Nana's method was a combination of exercises and musical pieces. Moreover, she stresses musicality at every step of the way - even when you're still playing a piece hands separately. It probably took me a year (on my own) to memorize and play Bach's Two Part Invention #1 in C Major, and that was with very little musicality. At this point, I can say that I can pick up another two part invention in, say, a month, with decent or good musicality.
Another facet of Nana is that she is very flexible about the actual pieces that you wish to play. The joy of learning as an adult is that one has a sense of what one really likes, and Nana teaches along with your aesthetic. For example, I have become obsessed with Bach, and Nana has been a great help with the three part sinfonias and even a fugue!
Short of going back in time and telling myself to keep with it, and then enrolling in Juilliard after high school, this is the next best thing an adult learner can have."
Aida C. December 20, 2010
I have a 6 year old daughter who is currently a student of Ms. Shi. She commenced lessons in September 2010 and is learning to read music and play the piano with discipline and grace.
My daughter finds Nana's lessons fun and exciting. Nana is smart, engaging and delivers her lesson with ease. My child enjoys practicing her songs, looks forward to seeing Nana every week and is trying and wanting to be just like Nana, a great pianist. We are pleased and happy to have met Nana. We look forward to another year of fun learning with her.