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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

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
22 Nov 2019BELSHAZZAR · Münster
G. F. Handel: Belshazzar
Kammerchor St. Lamberti Münster
Barockensemble an St. Lamberti
Alexander Toepper, director
23 Nov 2019BELSHAZZAR · Münster
G. F. Handel: Belshazzar
Kammerchor St. Lamberti Münster
Barockensemble an St. Lamberti
Alexander Toepper, 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
12 Jan 2020MIT PAUKEN UND TROMPETEN · München
Orchestral Music by J. S. Bach
Svapinga Consort
Robert Selinger, director
19 Jan 2020LONDON 1744 · Bodenwerder
Works by G. F. Handel, F. M. Veracini and others
Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, harpsichord
8 Feb 2020MONTEVERDI AND SCHEIN · Hamburg
Kammerchor Fontana d’Israel
Ensemble Schirokko
9 Feb 2020MONTEVERDI AND SCHEIN · Uetersen
Kammerchor Fontana d’Israel
Ensemble Schirokko
16 Feb 2020AN DIE STERNEN · Worpswede
Works by H. I. F. Biber, G. Muffat and others
Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, organ
1 Mar 2020JOHANNESPASSION · Bremen
J. S. Bach: St. John Passion
Cappella Santa Croce Bremen
Jonathan Hiese, director
15 Mar 2020MOZART: PATHOS UND FREUDE · München
Chamber Music for Oboe, Strings and Piano
Svapinga Consort
Robert Selinger, director
22 Mar 2020MATTHÄUSPASSION · Bremerhaven
J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Evangelische Stadtkantorei Bremerhaven
Bremerhavener Kammerchor
Kinder- und Jugendkantorei der Christuskirche
Bremer Barockorchester
Eva Schad, director
28 Mar 2020JOHANNESPASSION · Vechta
J. S. Bach: St. John Passion
Kantorei der Ev. Luth. Kirchengemeinde Vechta
la festa musicale
Eberhard Jung, director
29 Mar 2020JOHANNESPASSION · Damme
J. S. Bach: St. John Passion
Kantorei der Ev. Luth. Kirchengemeinde Vechta
la festa musicale
Eberhard Jung, director
4 Apr 2020HAMELNER REQUIEM · Hameln
W. A. Mozart: Requiem (with dance installation)
Deutsche Tanzkompanie
Hamelner Kantorei
Ensemble Antico
Stefan Vanselow, director
5 Apr 2020HAMELNER REQUIEM · Hameln
W. A. Mozart: Requiem (with dance installation)
Deutsche Tanzkompanie
Hamelner Kantorei
Ensemble Antico
Stefan Vanselow, director
10 Apr 2020JOHANNESPASSION · Friedrichshafen
J. S. Bach: St. John Passion
Cappella Santa Croce Bremen
Sönke Wittnebel, director
19 Apr 2020AN DIE STERNEN · Weisenheim
Works by H. I. F. Biber, G. Muffat and others
Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, organ

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