Recently described as “the most electrifying soloist of the 2017 season” by South Coast Today in Massachusetts, Canadian pianist Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition which epitomizes the greatness of the romantic virtuoso. His performances of major keyboard works of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries have touched audiences and won the praise of critics worldwide. The Toronto Star headlined : “This is a young man with real talent … from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato to a judicious choice of tempi,” and the Birmingham News described him as a pianist playing “with great confidence [which] gave more lucidity, color and power.” Sheng Cai has been honoured with a number of prizes and awards and continues to push the boundaries in interpreting both staples and rarities of the piano repertoire.
Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at just fifteen years old, he has been invited to perform as guest soloist with more than 20 orchestras, recent and past invitations include Toronto Symphony, Quebec Symphony, and Shanghai Symphony, Wuhan Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco as well as with the Calgary Philharmonic, Ontario Philharmonic. He has worked with many esteemed conductors such as David L
ockington, Keith Lockhart, Yoav Talmi, Dirk Meyer, Robert Franz, Dina Gilbert, Guoyong Zhang, Wes Kenny, Marco Parisotto and Eckart Preu.
In solo recitals, Sheng Cai has been heard in many prestigious North American venues, such as the Steinway Hall in New York, the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Cleveland Play House, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, and CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
In China, he inaugurated the Ningbo concert hall, giving both recitals and concerto performances. As a chamber musician, Sheng Cai has collaborated with a number of fine artists, including the Enso String Quartet. Many of his performances have been broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada and WCLV Radio, in Ohio.
Born in China, Sheng Cal studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and was a top-prize winner of the National Competition in 1998. The following year, his family immigrated to Canada, where he began to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree under full scholarship at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His most important teachers and mentors include legendary pianists Anton Kuerti, Russell Sherman, and Gary Graffman.