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.