Shan was our guest solo violinist for concert 1 on the 3rd of April 2011. Shan Yew began violin lessons at the age of four. Upon joining the Singapore Youth Orchestra in 1984, he was the featured soloist in two of the National Broadcast Programmes on radio, performing the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 and Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1. In 1989, he won First Prize in the National Music Competition’s Violin (Open) Division as well as the Best Performer Award. The following year, Shan was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra on its inaugural concert tour, for which Yehudi Menuhin appointed him Concertmaster.
In 1990, Shan studied with Philippe Hirshhorn at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in Belgium. He continued his studies at the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories in China as the recipient of a grant from the National Arts Council. Upon returning to Singapore, Shan joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as a First Violinist, where he was Fourth Chair of the section from 1998 to 2000.
As a soloist, Shan has appeared with the Nusantara Chamber Orchestra in Jakarta, and the Singapore Sinfonietta, Braddell Heights Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has given numerous solo recitals, including a fundraiser for the Singapore Red Cross in aid of tsunami relief. Shan also regularly participated in chamber concerts with both Singaporean and international artists such as pianists Tedd Joselson and Dennis Lee.
In 2000, Shan was admitted to the Yale University School of Music to study with Erick Friedman, graduating in 2003. While at Yale, he was Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, performed in the Faculty Artist Series with Erick Friedman in A Centennial Birthday to Jascha Heifetz and Jesse Levine in Violafest, and was one of three participants chosen to perform in a public Master Class with Pamela Frank. He also undertook chamber music studies with pianists Boris Berman and Claude Frank, violinists Peter Oundjian and Ani Kavafian, and the Tokyo String Quartet, and studied conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Shinik Hahm.
During his time in the USA, Shan also worked professionally with other musical organisations. From 2001 to 2003, he was Concertmaster and a Faculty member of the Texas Festival Orchestra at Round Top; his performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano with Hakan Rosengren and Anne Epperson was broadcast on National Public Radio in 2001. He was also Associate Concertmaster of the Britt Festival Orchestra at Jacksonville, Oregon and Cover Concertmaster of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.
Shan holds a Bachelor of Music Studies degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Music from Yale University. He is presently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he has been Concertmaster of both the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, including their tours to Europe in 2009 and the USA in 2010. Shan has also given numerous recitals and chamber performances since his arrival in Sydney. He is also a visiting teacher at Barker College.