Connie Sheu, Classical Guitarist
Praised as “a gifted guitarist whose energetic, thoughtful and artistic playing is wonderfully compelling and dynamic" (guitarist Sharon Isbin), American classical guitarist Connie Sheu is at the onset of a burgeoning career as both a teacher and a performer. Her playing has been hailed by the New York Sun as “excellent, ruminative... scholarly" and some of her recent New York performances have been at venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Miller Theater.
Ms. Sheu has been presented in concert by the New York Guitar Society, the Friday Musicale Concert Series in Jacksonville, Florida, and the San Jose Music Study Club. She will make debut performances in 2007 at the Moldova International Festival of Classical Music and Zempléni Arts Festival in Hungary. She has had the privilege of studying in master classes with guitarists Roland Dyens, Pepe Romero, Matteo Mela, and Lorenzo Micheli, whom she counts among her most influential teachers. Ms. Sheu received a Diploma of Study under scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena, Italy in 2005. She has attended and performed at the Stetson International Guitar Workshop, the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival in Italy, and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Sheu won First Prize in the American String Teachers' Association California State Competition in 1995 and 1997 and became a national finalist in 1996 and 1998. She was awarded Second Prize in the 2003 San Jose Music Study Club Young Artist Competition.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Ms. Sheu began studying classical guitar at the age of five under Suzuki guitar pedagogue Frank Longay and continued her studies with Sharon Wayne at the Center of Music and Arts in Mountain View. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History and Music from Columbia University where she studied with Antigoni Goni and was awarded a Rapaport Music Fellowship. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she earned her Master of Music in 2006 with Sharon Isbin. A strong advocate of educational outreach, Ms. Sheu is a second-year Morse Teaching Fellow and was named as Juilliard’s first McCabe Guitar Fellow in which she introduced classical guitar to the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, various public schools, and community centers. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Paul and teaches privately, at Rodeph Sholom School in New York City, and at the Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts in Hungary.