Contestant 2: We are continuing our countdown to Top of the World International Piano Competition, and would like to introduce you to another favorite to win – the super-talented Taiwanese contestant, Shih-Wei Chen.
Chen was born in the town of Tauyuan (Taiwan) in 1985, and began his piano studies at the age of 8. He made an impression at an early age in his home country, collecting the 1st prize at the Taoyuan Public Piano Competition, the 3rd prize at the Taiwan National Piano Competition and the top prizes at the National Taiwan Chamber Music Competition in both the piano trio and piano quintet categories.
He was destined for even greater things, and moved to Germany at the age of 16, where he began his studies at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Professor Martin Doerrie. Besides being invited to play concerts at Braunschweig, Ochsenhausen, Rysum and Hannover in Germany, he continued his winning streak by getting the 1st prize at the German Music Competition “Jugend Musiziert” and the silver medal at the Grotian-Steinweg International Piano Competition.
In March 2005, he was invited to the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan and received lessons from Professors Arie Vardi, Micheal Beroff, Piotr Paleczny and Hiroko Nakamura. In May, the same year, he won the Bruno-Frey Musikpreis and a scholarship.
After having performed Liszt 1st Piano Concerto with NSO National Symphony Orchestra and Liszt 2nd Piano Concerto with Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra in the Taiwan National Concert Hall, he was invited by Asia EMI to do his first commercial album in 2007.
He has since won the 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli” and 3rd prize in the 1st International Piano Competition Hanoi. At present he is studying for “Soloklasse” (the highest degree) in HMT-Hannover with Prof.Einar Steen-Noekleberg.