Shen has received several first prizes in several major piano competitions, including the 2012 France International Piano Competition, 1997 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 1996 Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, and the 1990 Taiwan National Piano Competition. Shen’s recordings include her debut CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and the Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals”, both released on the Taiwan Rolling Stone Music label.
As an educator, Shen serves on the piano faculty of Masterworks Music Festival and served on the piano faculty at the Brevard Music Festival, Steinway Society Summer Music camp and American Fine Arts Festival in Europe. She also served as piano faculty at Southern Illinois University. She was twice invited to be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Furman University.
Sandra performed live for WCQS radio station in Asheville, filmed a 4-part series titled "The Movements of the Master Pianists" for Hong Kong TV, and "Inspiration From Above" for US Creation TV. She also hosted a classical music program on Taiwan IC broadcast radio station. Mixing music and philanthropy, Sandra has played benefit concerts for disaster victims, foster children, and music education for underprivileged children. She is Honorary Advisor for Young Music Foundation and board member for Inspiring Foundation of Arts and Culture in Taiwan.
Sandra was born in Taiwan and received her Bachelor of Music in 1994 with a piano performance major and organ minor from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore Maryland, where she studied with legendary pianist, Ann Schein and organist Donald Sutherland. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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