The First Years
Shaun Choo was born in Singapore in 1991 and commenced piano at the age of 7. After attaining his Music Diploma at 14 under Ms. Lena Ching, he pursued his studies abroad at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, under the guidance of the late renowned pedagogue professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and professor Andreas Weber.
Solo and Soloist
An active performer, he has travelled across Europe and Asia, giving recitals in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, China, Singapore and South Korea, often appearing as soloist with orchestras such as the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra, Niederbayerische Philharmonie Passau, China Broadcast Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic and Leipzig Academic Orchestra.
Photo: With the Niederbarischer Philharmonie Passau, Germany
Amongst the numerous venues his concerts have taken place at over the years, highlights include the National Concert Hall Beijing, Bregenzer Festspielhaus, Leipziger Gewandhaus, Theatre Wielki Warsaw and Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola. Shaun has also been invited to several festivals including the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival and Klavierfrühling Deutschlandsberg, and has performed at the following international events – AEC Congress 2006, CommunicAsia 2007 Singapore, Rotary Club Congress Avignon, BCRT/BMBF 2008 Workshop Berlin and the özbf-Kongress Salzburg 2008.
Photo: Autograph session at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
A prize winner at several international piano competitions, he has clinched a total of 7 first prizes:
- 2006 Rotary Club Piano Competition Lindau, Germany
- 2009 Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition Beijing, China
- 2010 ZF MusikPreis Friedrichshafen, Germany (March)
- 2010 Chopin Competition Budapest, Hungary (March)
- 2010 Chopin Competition Bagneres Di Bigorre, France (July)
- 2010 Chopin Concerto Competition Beijing, China (November)
- 2012 Chopin Competition Daegu, South Korea
He was awarded second place in the 21st “Flame” International Competition in Paris 2010 (April) and the 2009 Blüthner Golden Tone Award Piano Competition in Vienna.
Photo: With the First Lady of Poland Mdm. Anna Komorowska (left), after winning the 2nd Asia-Pacific International Chopin Competition (right)
Other Musical Interests
An avid composer, Shaun often performs his own works during his concerts. During his two-year military stint from March 2011-2013, he was commissioned by the Singapore army to compose the SAF Signal Formation Song.
Shaun has conducted several masterclasses back home and abroad, and was Assistant Lecturer during the International Summer Academy Mozarteum 2015. He holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Chun University, Charlotte, North Carolina U.S.A. From 2017 onwards, Shaun will commence studies under renowned professor Jacques Rouvier and pianist Dang Thai Son.
Photos (from left to right): Teaching – Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg, Anglo-Chinese Junior College Singapore, Keimyung University Daegu, Sooart Hall Busan