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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

Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, harpsichord

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

Audio

Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, Stumm organ (1738)

Audio recording by Lukas Froschauer
Schlosskirche Mühlheim an der Eis
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, harpsichord

Audio recording by Lukas Froschauer
Photography by André Hinderlich

Calendar

Calendar

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
23 May 2020DIE SCHÖPFUNG · Hann. Münden
J. Haydn: The Creation
Kantorei St. Sixti Northeim
la festa musicale
Benjamin Dippel, director
6 Jun 2020AN DIE STERNEN · Bremen
Works by H. I. F. Biber, G. Muffat and others
Schwanenberg Duo
Amy Shen, violin
Robert Selinger, organ
14 Jun 2020DEBORAH · Hannover
G. F. Handel: Deborah
Johannes-Brahms-Chor Hannover (Gudrun Schröfel)
Hannoverscher Oratorienchor (Keno Weber)
Bachchor Hannover (Jörg Straube)
la festa musicale
28 Jun 2020DER MESSIAS · Bremen
Mozart’s Arrangement of Handel’s Messiah
Bremer RathsChor
Göttinger Barockorchester
Antonius Adamske, director
4 Jul 2020BEETHOVEN: CHRISTUS AM ÖLBERGE · Gehrden
L. v. Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Coriolan Overture
Margarethenkantorei
la festa musicale
Christian Windhorst, director
19 Jul 2020LE SIÈCLE DES LUMIÈRES · Munich
French Baroque Music for Baritone and Instruments
Svapinga Consort
Robert Selinger, director

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