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Amy Shen began studying baroque violin and historical performance practice while completing degrees in modern viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in baroque violin from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and a Master’s degree from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Her principal teachers during her studies were Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Julie Andrijeski, Ryo Terakado, Veronika Skuplik and Thomas Albert.

Amy is concertmaster and a founding member of the Svapinga Consort and performs with Robert Selinger as the Schwanenberg Duo. She is regularly in demand as an ensemble musician on both violin and viola, performing with groups such as Apollo’s Fire, L’Arpeggiata, Bremer Barockorchester, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Concerto Palatino, Ensemble Antico, la dolcezza and la festa musicale. Recent solo appearances include performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Svapinga Consort as well as a performance of Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto with Ensemble Antico as part of the festival Musikwochen Weserbergland.:

Born in 1988, Amy started her musical education at the age of 4 with piano lessons from Kathy Hansen in her hometown of Ithaca, NY, which she continued until graduating high school in 2006. She received her first violin lessons in 1998 from Joanne Thibadeau at the Suzuki string school Ithaca Talent Education, and she began playing the viola a few years later. From 2003 to 2006, Amy studied viola with Carrie Reuning-Hummel.

Alongside her work as an early music performer, Amy is active as a violin, viola and piano instructor in the Bremen area. She offers after-school private and group violin instruction to students at Pastorenweg Elementary School in Bremen-Gröpelingen, and she holds teaching positions at the Musikschule Ridder and Musica a Casa.

Media

Video

Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, harpsichord

Recorded live in concert
Nov. 2017 and Mar. 2018
Munich, Germany

Audio

Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, harpsichord

Audio recording by Lukas Froschauer
Photography by André Hinderlich

Calendar

Calendar

02 Jun 2019GRAND CHOIR CONCERT · Händelfestspiele Halle
Music by G. F: Handel and D. Bigaglia
Knabenchor Hannover, Stadtsingechor zu Halle
la festa musicale
Jörg Breiding and Clemens Flämig, directors
Amy Shen, violin
21 Jul 2019NELLA CAMERA DEL PRINCIPE · Munich
Music by J. S. Bach, G. P. Telemann et al.
Svapinga Consort
Robert Selinger, director
Amy Shen, violin
17 Aug 2019AN DIE STERNEN · Mühlheim an der Eis
Music by H. I. F. Biber, G. Muffat et al.
Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, organ
23 Aug 2019PURCELL IN LOVE · Kultursommer Engelbostel
Music by H. Purcell
Ensemble Filum
Christoph Rosenbaum and Roman Tsotalas, directors
Amy Shen, viola
18 Oct 2019CONCERTI DI CAMERA · Northeim
Music by Steffani, Valoix and Venturini
la festa musicale
Mechthild Karkow and Anne Marie Harer, directors
Amy Shen, viola
19 Oct 2019CONCERTI DI CAMERA · Emden
Music by Steffani, Valoix and Venturini
la festa musicale
Mechthild Karkow and Anne Marie Harer, directors
Amy Shen, viola
20 Oct 2019CONCERTI DI CAMERA · Hannover
Music by Steffani, Valoix and Venturini
la festa musicale
Mechthild Karkow and Anne Marie Harer, directors
Amy Shen, viola
03 Nov 2019ISRAEL IN EGYPT · Hannover
G. F. Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV 54
MarkusChor
la festa musicale
Martin Ditterle, director
09 Nov 2019MASS IN B MINOR · Celle
J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Kammerchor Hannover
la festa musicale
Stephan Doorman, director
10 Nov 2019MASS IN B MINOR · Hannover
J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Kammerchor Hannover
la festa musicale
Stephan Doorman, director
16 Nov 2019NELSON MASS · Lilienthal
J. Haydn: Nelson Mass, Hob. XXII/11
Bach-Chor Lilienthal
la festa musicale
Renate Meyhöfer-Bratschke, director
17 Nov 2019NELSON MASS · Osten (Oste)
J. Haydn: Nelson Mass, Hob. XXII/11
Bach-Chor Lilienthal
la festa musicale
Renate Meyhöfer-Bratschke, director
08 Dec 2019CHRISTMAS ORATORIO · Celle
J. S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (Cantatas I, III, VI) and Magnificat
Stadtkantorei Celle
la festa musicale
Stephan Doorman, director
14 Dec 2019CHRISTMAS ORATORIO · Döhren
J. S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium and others
Messiaskantorei Hannover
la festa musicale
Guido Mürmann, director
21 Dec 2019CHRISTMAS ORATORIO · Osnabrück
J. S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (Cantatas I-III)
Domchor Osnabrück
la festa musicale
Clemens Breitschaft, director
31 Dec 2019NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT · Bremen
Music by J. S. Bach and G. A. Homilius
Bremer RathsChor
la festa musicale
Jan Hübner, director

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