Tuesday 17 November 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Aristo Sham (piano)
A Brahms recital :
Variations on a theme of Schumann Op 9
16 Waltzes Op 39
Piano sonata no 2 in F# minor Op 2
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Hailed by the Washington Post as a young artist with “ boundless potential ” who can “ already hold his own with the best, ” pianist Aristo Sham has dazzled audiences on five continents in countries ranging from Singapore and Argentina to Slovenia and Morocco. In 2009, Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘ The World ' s Greatest Musical Prodigies ' , broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK. The New York Concert Review remarked that he “ showed tremendous command and involvement, ” and “ in addition to showing passion and pianism, [his performance of Scriabin] reflected logic and clarity. ” Aristo has also performed for royalty and dignitaries such as Prince Charles, the Queen of Belgium, and ex-President Hu of China, and collaborated with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Aristo first came under international recognition when he won First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany in 2006, and First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008. More recently, he has also won prizes in the Vendome Prize at Verbier Festival, Gina Bachauer, Dublin, Clara Haskil, New York, Saint-Priest and Viotti International Piano Competitions. In 2018, he won First Prize and all three special prizes in the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition. In 2019, he was First Prize winner of the Casagrande International Piano Competition.
Born in Hong Kong, Aristo was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts when he was six. His principal teachers include Professors Eleanor Wong, Colin Stone, Victor Rosenbaum and Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist. He was a student at Harrow School in the UK, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and an MMus in Piano Performance as a joint programme from New England Conservatory as a joint programme. In his free time, Aristo enjoys travelling, languages, gastronomy and oenology.
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