Dr. Yang Shen
B.M., Lynn University, Harid Conservatory School of Music
M.M., University of Southern California
D.M.A., University of Southern California


Considered as one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation, Shen has given performances in North America, Europe, and Asia to critical accolades. Her performances are described as ‘most sensitive’ with ‘beautiful tone which enables her exceptional poetic expression in her personal and original way.’ Shen has performed at esteemed venues, such as Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, Maryland), Seymour Center (Sydney, Australia), Great Hall (Leeds, United Kingdom) and Tel Aviv Museum of Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel).

Shen has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition, Josef Hoffman International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Liszt Piano Competition, and Carmel International Music Competition. Most recently, Dr. Shen has given performances in Fort Worth, Tempe, Salt Lake City, Sioux City, and Minneapolis. Her performances have been broadcasted on ABC Classics (Australia), Israel Cultural Channel, WXEL- ‘Classical Variations’ (FL), Minnesota Public Radio and National TV/Radio station (China). She has also made appearances at the world’s most celebrated music festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Pianofest in the Hamptons and the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Shen holds doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned pedagogue John Perry. Prior to moving to California, she received a bachelor’s degree and graduated summa cum laude from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music. Other prominent pianists she has worked with include Ivan Davis, Philippe Entremont, Philip Evans, Philip Fowke, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Paul Schenly, Nelita True, and Arie Vardi.

Active in teaching, Shen has maintained a successful studio for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Opus119, her appointments were at Lynn University and University of Southern California. As a resident faculty at Opus119, she has guided many students through various competitions successfully. She is a member of MTAC and MTNA and has adjudicated numerous performances.