Xiaoxuan Shi Violin
Violinist Xiaoxuan Shi is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Catherine Cho. In 2016, Xiaoxuan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where she studies with Prof. Qian Zhou. She won numerous competitions including the 1st Prize of the VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017, the 1st Prize of the Conservatory Concerto Competition (Violin category) and the 1st Prize of the Singapore National Violin and Piano Competition (Artist category) in 2013, and the 3rd Prize of the China National Youth Violin Competition (Junior category) in 2009. Her solo appearances include performances with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, and YST String Chamber Ensemble. As an active chamber musician, Xiaoxuan’s chamber performances include a Brahms Sextet performance with Renaud Capucon, as well as a performance in the Singapore Chamber Music Festival of the Dvorak String Quintet with members of La Bande de La Loingtaine. She has also performed in chamber music concerts in music festivals all over the world.
Drew Petersen Piano
Prodigious pianist Drew Petersen is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, and has been named Artist-in-Residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis, commencing in the fall of 2017.
This is the latest accolade in a decorated young career that includes being prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.
Petersen’s career had an auspicious and early beginning—he was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age 10 performed a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary. His unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, in the documentary Just Normal and in Andrew Solomon’s book, “Far From the Tree.”