Angela Shan

Cambridge Pianist

 

Biography

Angela Shan is a British-Chinese pianist from Cambridge. She graduated with honours from the class of Philip Fowke and Alisdair Hogarth at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2020. Prior to joining Philip and Alisdair's class she also studied piano performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Penelope Roskell for 4 years. Other previous teachers include Andrew Black and Sue Bolt. She has also attended masterclasses with various renowned teachers such as Mikhail Kazakevich, Martino Tirimo and Margaret Fingerhut. A keen chamber musician, she has played in ensembles of various sizes for coaches such as Rivka Golani, Roger Chase and Sergio De Simone. She has also accompanied solo instrumentalists across a wide range of repertoire. Angela has performed in venues across the UK and Europe, including West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, the Stevenson Hall in Glasgow and the Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano. 

 

Having completed her bachelor's degree, Angela now studies privately with Hilary Coates in lieu of postgraduate study. She also holds a LRSM diploma in piano performance and is a member of the ISM.

"Angela’s playing has a remarkable quality of commitment. She becomes another person the moment her fingers touch the keys. Her engagement with what she is doing is total, absorbed, and on many occasions very moving. [...] In a range of repertoire from Messiaen to Glinka Balakirev, she brings a probing and thoughtful musicianship allied to an increasingly assured pianism."

~ Philip Fowke, British Pianist

Pianist

Angela is available for performances across the UK. She enjoys playing a wide range of repertoire and samples of her performances can be found below. A comprehensive repertoire list is available upon request. Please visit the contact page if you are interested in booking her for a function, event or concert. 

 

Angela is also available for accompaniment and chamber work.

"A lively sense of rhythm, moments of virtuosity and sensitive lyricism, Angela Shan's clear articulation and controlled passagework presents the work with polish and style. A pianist to be watched."

~ Alexander Arenare, British Pianist

 

Teacher

Angela has been teaching since 2012 and is available for private piano lessons in person as well as online via Zoom or another platform of your choice. She teaches on a Yamaha C5 grand piano at her home in Cambridge and her pedagogical lineage can be traced back to Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and many other great pianists from history. From September 2022 she will take up the role of visiting piano teacher at St Mary's School, Cambridge. Previously she also held the role of senior piano teacher at Cherry Pie Music, London.

 

Angela is experienced in teaching both adults and children from beginner to advanced level and happy to prepare students for ABRSM exams up to grade 8 for music theory and beyond grade 8 and into the diplomas for piano performance. Support for GCSE/A-Level music is available and past students have also gained entry to study music at universities and conservatoires in the UK.

 

Lessons are tailored to each student's individual needs and expectations to suit their strengths and interests, while also maintaining a well-rounded approach to musicality, technique and theory/historical knowledge. A robust technique is developed to give voice to each student's inner musicality - there is no such thing as an unmusical student. 

For information involving schedule availability, please visit the contact page.
 

Angela Shan Teacher Lineage
 

"Angela's piano lessons for my 9 year old daughter are inspiring, fun and professional. My daughter has improved massively and is looking forward to her weekly lessons. There is a good mix of technical exercises and pieces. Angela's communication is also excellent and she is always patient, even when my daughter hasn't practised enough!"

~ Miquel P, Parent

Arranger

Angela is a keen arranger and available for commissions large and small and for whichever ensemble combination you have in mind. She is also happy to produce piano reductions of chamber and orchestral music for pianists' use. If interested, please visit the contact page.

 

Below are some samples of orchestration work she has produced. Other samples are available upon request.

 
 

Contact

To get in touch, please send an email:

ashanpianist@gmail.com

Or call:

+44 7494 681171