Rising star pianist Aristo Sham performs in concert with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at the NFSO’s September 17, 2016 concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, FL at 7:30 pm (central time) and in a solo Guest Artist Recital February 18, 2017.
The Guest Artist piano virtuoso Aristo Sham of Hong Kong. Sham is the Gold Medal winner of the 65th Wideman International Piano Competition and is a 20-year-old classical pianist who is a rising star world-wide. A child musical prodigy born in Hong Kong, he was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of six. He is currently pursuing BA/MMus degrees as a joint programme at Harvard University and New England Conservatory, studying with Professor Victor Rosenbaum. He has given recitals on four continents in countries ranging from Singapore and the USA to Slovenia and Morocco and has played for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong.
He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and the Minnesota Orchestra. Aristo has won a number of international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006, First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008, First Prize and two special prizes in the Minnesota International Junior Piano-e-Competition in 2011, First Prize in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition, 2015, and First Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition in 2015.
Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, broadcast in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM).