Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She has worked with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004, and San Francisco debut in the Davies Symphony Hall. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China. She has also performed in important venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in New York.
Born to a musical family in Shanghai, Jiayi Shi began playing the piano at age 4. As a seven-year-old, she was accepted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied there until 1996, when she was granted a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. Soon after arriving in the United States, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition and the state winner of the MTNA piano competition.
Having earned a Bachelor's degree in Piano at the University of Texas, Ms. Shi continued her education the Eastman School of Music. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master's degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano. Presently, she is working toward a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music with John Forconi.