Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Friday, February 27, 2015

Mountain View Center for
the Performing Arts

500 Castro Street, Mountain View

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

Lee Actor

Ludwig van Beethoven


Carl Nielsen

Jean Sibelius

Divertimento for Small Orchestra

Concerto No. 4 for Piano, op. 58

Sandra Wright Shen, piano soloist

Helios Overture, op. 17

Symphony No. 7, op. 105

Click here for concert flyer

Sandra Wright Shen has been described as a classical "pianist of the first order" and a "heartstopping beauty". With her passion, musicality, and inspiration, she aims to move hearts through music.

Sandra has appeared at the Kennedy Music Center in DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall. Sandra won first prizes in the International Piano Competition of France, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano Competition, and the Peabody Frances M. Wentz Memorial Prize. She has recorded 3 CDs, debuting with her Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. Sandra is a Steinway Artist.

Sandra received her BM and MM in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, under Ann Schein. Sandra currently teaches at the Brevard Music Institute, and previously taught at Southern Illinois University.

Mixing music and philanthropy, Sandra has played benefit concerts for disaster victims, foster children, and music education. An ambassador of classical music, Sandra filmed a 4-part series titled "The Movements of the Master Pianists" for Hong Kong TV. She also hosted a classical radio program in Taiwan. She has taught music appreciation to young and old, from CEOs to mentally challenged children, and orphans. Because of her ability to touch people's hearts with music, and through her sweet, positive spirit, audiences throughout the world have declared her "an angel".