沈媛 Yuan Shen
Dr. Shen Yuan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music. As a young world-class organist and from Beijing, Shen won the Champion in seven international and national music competitions. She was the first Ph.D. in Organ at the Seitoku University where she completed her thesis on the integration of conventional pipe organ and electronic organ education.
Under the guidance of her father, Professor Shen Xiaoming, Shen Yuen started learning piano and electronic organ since four years old. Her credentials in education include her doctoral degree in organ performance from the Seitoku University, under the supervision of Professor Nomi Matsui; upon obtaining her first Ph.D., she furthered her study in the Universität der Künste Berlin, study under the guidance of Professor Leo van Doeselaar and Erwin Wiersinga. Besides, Shen took lessons from maestros, namely Ton Koopmann (Holland), Louis Robillard (France), Zigmond Szathmary (Germany), Oliver Latry (France), Michael Radulescu (Austria), Wolfgang Zerer (Germany), Peter van Dijk (Holland), to name but a few.
In addition to her performance, being an academic scholar in the Central Conservatory of Music, Shen published a number of academic publications, including the book “The Art of Organ Performance (Volume 1 and 2)”, a DVD entitled “Grateful and Blooming: Shen Yuen’s concert” featuring her homecoming concert. She was also the Chinese translator of “Organ Dictionary” published in 23 languages.
As an organ music composer, her work "waiting for Godot" was selected by "Young Composer" project, in Haarlem International Organ Festival 2014. Besides, Shen was invited to record her music album featuring music from Bach to contemporary music in John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2016.
Shen performs extensively in many international festivals and concerts including “Heart to Heart Art Performance”, “Spring Festival Party and the Olympic Cultural Festival” and made frequent appearances in concerts during her doctoral study in Japan. After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Shen gathered Chinese students in Japan in a charity concert in Tokyo. The activity gained substantial attention from the mainstream media like NHK, Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyodo News and Xinhua News Agency’s branch in Tokyo. In February 2012, she was invited by the Ministry of Culture of China at the “Golden Hall” of the Musikverein in Vienna. She was invited as the official overseas guest performer in Canadian International Organ Competition in 2015, and is also invited to perform in two famous and historical churches, Saint Joseph’s Oratory and Notre-Dame Basilica, in 2017 and 2018 respectively, in Montreal, Canada. Her music which is renowned for its “amazing musicality”, “dramatic and great contrast”, and “exotic blend of East and West”, as commented by the music critics and scholars, have made Shen become a world-famous musician receiving a great acknowledgement from the audience around the world.
Shen is not only active in music performance, but also devotes on education and academic activities. She was selected as the member of organizing committee and jury panel of the Musicacoustica-Beijing International Electronic Organ Competition in 2010 and 2011. Since 2013, she holds Beijing International Organ and Electronic Organ Academic Forum and works as an artistic director in this yearly organ festival invent. In 2016, Shen was also invited to present a seminar in the Haarlem International Organ Festival.