Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Master of Music, Piano Performance & Pedagogy
Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance & Pedagogy
Taiwanese pianist Shih-Man Weng has enjoyed performing as a soloist and chamber musician since an early age. She began playing piano at age six and learning the cello from age eight. Additionally, Ms. Weng received formal compositional training and composed her first piece at age eight. In the following years, Ms. Weng continued performing and wrote several pieces. Her talent in making every performance unique and colorful was quickly recognized when she was only 14 years old, performing at the "Junior Original Concert" and "Yamaha Highlight Original Concert" presented and sponsored by Yamaha. Since then, she began performing more often in solo recital settings in several different venues in Taiwan and eventually internationally touring across Europe, Asia, and America.
In 2011, she moved to Boston, the United States, to pursue her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the guidance of Professor Ya-Fei Chuang. In May 2019, Shih-Man gained her Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music with the tutorial of Prof. Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Graduating with honors, Shih-Man Weng was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Miami: Frost School of Music for her doctoral degree. In August 2019, she began her first year of D.M.A in piano performance and studies with Prof. Kevin Kenner. Ms. Weng also serves as a full-time teaching assistant at the school and teaches at the Frost Preparatory Program. In her first semester studying at the Frost School of Music, she won the Concerto Competition with the Rachmaninov First Piano Concerto. In addition, she performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz.
Shih-Man Weng participated in competitions that took her performances to Austria, England, and Norway. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition. During her studies in Boston, she was the first piano student in the school's history who won the Piano Honors Competition for four consecutive years and was also the first to win three top prizes at the W. Churchill Scholarship Piano Competition, the most prestigious and most highly awarded piano competition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Some other memorable achievements were attending festivals such as Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg from 2010 to 2015 and performing regularly in the Weiner Hall as an advanced student. In 2013, her performance of Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky at the Solitär Hall at Mozarteum gained public praise and won her the 'Young Talent' Piano Competition in Salzburg, associated with the Salzburger Festspiele.
Besides performing as a soloist, Ms. Weng also performs chamber music with her colleagues. She performed with the Accent Trio at several venues in Boston, recently partnered with string players and pianists from the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and performed in a chamber music series at the t. Hub and Wen-Shui Arts and Cultural Center in Taipei.