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Physician and pianist Christopher Shih has a remarkable dual career as both full-time practicing physician and actively concertizing pianist. Hailed by theĀ New York Times as "an intelligent and thoughtful musician," with "effortless performances" and "consummate control," he has performed in major venues in over a dozen countries around the globe, including France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Taiwan, Canada, and multiple cities in the United States. Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and the Banff Chamber Music Festival. He has soloed with numerous orchestras, including repeated engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC. His performance with the National Symphony on the Capitol Lawn for an audience of 50,000 prompted the Washington Post to declare, "If Shih is as gifted in medicine as he is in music, he has some serious career decisions to make. His performance was fluent, gracious, miraculously light, and a joy to the ear." Other past orchestral engagements include the Georgetown, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Harvard-Radcliffe, Newton, Lancaster, and Paris Garde Republicaine symphony orchestras.


In 2011 Christopher won the Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas. Fourteen years prior to that, he was a press and audience favorite at the professional Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram raved, "He demonstrated a magical touch in voicing and a fine Chopinesque rubato...a total sense of style across three centuries. For Shih, technical control supports impeccable musicianship." Christopher is also the grand prize winner of the 2008 Paris Concours International de Grands Amateurs de Piano, the 2007 Boston International Piano Competition for Exceptional Amateurs, and the 2006 Washington International Piano Amateurs Competition. His playing and interviews have been featured in television and radio programs worldwide, including NPR's All Things Considered, APM's Performance Today, WGBH's Inner Voice, WQXR, WETA, WGMS, WBJC, Radio France, Radio Classique, Canadian CBC, Taiwan CTV, and Pianist Magazine.


Christopher is currently a board-certified gastroenterologist with Regional GI in Lancaster, PA. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University and his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and his gastroenterology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. He is also active in community and charitable services, sits on the GI board exam committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. An avid chamber musician, he regularly performs with world-class artists, soloists, quartets, and concertmasters and principals of major orchestras across the nation. In recent seasons he has appeared with violinists Nurit Bar-Josef, Alexander Kerr, David Kim, Elizabeth Pitcairn, and Michael Shih, cellists Narek Hakhnazaryan and Amit Peled, clarinetist Anthony McGill, the American, Daedalus, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, and the string quintet Sybarite5. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America.

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