Christopher Shih, Pianist
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 8 PM
WHERE: Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, Columbia
TICKETS: $15 advance; $20 at the door
Bach-Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach-Petri: Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach-Kempff: Prelude to the Ratswahl Cantata
Debussy-Durand: En bateau from Petite Suite
Wagner-Liszt: Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Horowitz-Bizet: Variations on a Theme from Carmen
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Physician and pianist Christopher Shih has been hailed by the Washington Post as "flawless" and "compelling," with "an easy command of the instrument and an uncanny ability to project material." He has performed in major venues in over a dozen countries around the globe, including France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Taiwan, Canada and countless cities in the United States. Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff International Chamber Music Festival. He has soloed with numerous orchestras, including repeated engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington DC. His performance with the NSO on the Capitol Lawn for an audience of 50,000 prompted the Post to declare, "If Shih is as gifted in medicine as he is in music, he has some serious career decisions to make. His performance was fluent, gracious, miraculously light, and a joy to the ear." Other past orchestral appearances include the Georgetown, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Harvard-Radcliffe, Newton, and Paris Garde Republicaine symphony orchestras.
Christopher is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Maryland Digestive Disease Center, a division of Capital Digestive Care. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins. He did his internal medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and his gastroenterology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. He frequently conducts clinical research trials, is actively involved in community service, and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He currently lives in Ellicott City with his wife and three daughters. He frequently collaborates with his wife, who is a violinist on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore.