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Described as “a tour de force… a thoughtful and adventurous artist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “completely unique on the Montreal scene and perhaps the world over,” (Innovations en Concert), and “a precise, engaged, welcoming performer unafraid of deep ambiguities” (Chicago Reader), Shi An (世 安) is an artist with versatility, creativity, originality and imagination. Shi graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in composition from Columbia College, and with an M.Mus in piano performance from McGill University. They taught as a visiting artist in the composition department of Boston Conservatory in 2013-14, and joined the adjunct piano faculty of New Music School in 2014. Also a writer, they have contributed articles to New Music Box, FOCI Arts, chicshifter, and Riksha, on education, economy, fashion and the intersections of gender and race.

Performance career

Others have described Shi An (世 安) with the following: “a tour de force… a thoughtful and adventurous artist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “a precise, engaged, welcoming performer unafraid of deep ambiguities” (Chicago Reader), “trailblazing a path truly unique” (Pianoforte Foundation), “completely unique to the Montréal scene and perhaps the world over” (Innovations en Concert), “finds the depth in every note” (composer Philippe Leroux).

In a five-year performing career, Shi has been engaged by the following presenters (list not exhaustive): Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Frequency Series, Innovations en Concert, Cathédrale Christ Church, Harris Theater, Pianoforte Salon Series, Cliff Dwellers Club, Green Mill Jazz Club, Center for New Music, Musée de Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Kim Kashkashian’s Music For Food, Equilibrium Concert Series, Institute for the Public Life in the Arts and Ideas, Fifth Floor Collective, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Experimental Sound Studio; performances, lectures and masterclasses at the following educational institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Univ. of Chicago, Brandeis Univ., Northwestern Univ., Univ. of Michigan, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Univ. of Toronto, Hollins Univ., Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney, Lake Forest College, Boston Conservatory, Carlton Univ., and Univ. of Calgary.; guest artist at the following festivals: Ear Taxi Festival (Chicago), Laboratoire de Musique Contemporaine de Montréal (Montréal), Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford, Scotia Chamber Music Festival (Halifax), and Under the Radar (Omaha).; with new music groups Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble, Warhol Dervish, Tak, Architek, McGill Percussion Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, and Morton Feldman Chamber Players; with orchestras Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Toronto, Missouri, Salt Lake, Honolulu, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Lake Shore Symphony Orchestras.

Shi graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in composition from Columbia College, and with an M.Mus in piano performance from McGill University. They taught as a visiting artist in the composition department of Boston Conservatory in 2013-14, and joined the adjunct piano faculty of New Music School in 2014.

Other hats

As a writer, they have contributed articles to New Music Box, FOCI Arts, chicshifter, and Riksha, on education, economy, fashion and the intersections of gender and race.

As an actor, Shi has appeared with TUTA Theatre, Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences, The Living Room, and as a solo show, appearing at Victory Gardens, Stage 773, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Fringe Festival and the Frequency Festival at Constellation.

As a composer, Shi has been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Dal Niente, ThingNY, Timepoint Ensemble, various soloist friends including Ben Reimer, Sandra Shen, Marina Kifferstein and Sebastian Huydts. They have received commissions from Palomar Ensemble, Sarah Albu’s Trickpony, Brianna Matzke and Hajnal Pivnick. Shi’s music has been performed throughout Canada and the U.S.

In Spring 2014, Shi became founder and executive director of the Morton Feldman Chamber Players (MFCP), a non-profit organization devoted to programming the solo and chamber works of Morton Feldman in the United States and Canada.

Shi has served as staff accompanist for the percussion department of McGill University Schulich School of Music, the vocal department of Interlochen Arts Center, and the opera program of North Park University.

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