Dr. FangFang Shiwas born into a musician's family. She began her piano lessons with her mother at age four. At age eleven, she gave her first public solo performance at the benefit concert for Children.
Ms. Shi earned her Doctor of Musical Art degree in piano performance on a scholarship at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of Professor Norman Krieger.
Ms. Shi has performed nationally and internationally; her live performance has been broadcast on KUSC radio station. In March 2013, as the First Place Winner in the USC Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition, Ms. Shi collaborated as a soloist with the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Maestro Carl St. Clair who is the music director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2013, Ms. Shi won first place in the Adult Concerto Competition and collaborated as soloist with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Shi received the commendation award by the County of Los Angeles for dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County.
In 2015, Ms. Shi made her Debut at the Carnegie Hall Weill’s Hall as the first place winner in the American Protégé International Competition for Piano and Strings.
Ms. Shi has been invited to the membership of the PI KAPPA LAMBDA National Music Honor Society. Dr. Shi’s research paper "Realizing Goals in Memorization" has been published internationally by ISME (International Society of Music Education) and was invited to give a presentation at the ISME conference in Beijing, China 2010.
Currently, Dr. Shi is a faculty member at Cerritos College, Irvine Valley College and Long Beach City College in the Los Angeles Area.
Dr. Shi has more than 15 years of teaching experience with children age from four-years-old to nineteen-years-old adolescence. Her private piano studio has produced numerous first place winners and scholarship recipients. These competitions include: SYMF Young Pianist Category, MTAC State Solo/Concerto Competition, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Cypress College Festival, Long Beach Mozart Festival, and Fullerton College Ensemble Festival.
Dr. Shi also served as both President and First Vice-President at the Music Teacher's Association of California Lakewood-Cerritos Branch. She has been invited to serve as adjudicator at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF), MTNA Music Festivals, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Winter and Scholarship Festivals at various MTAC Branches, and the Concerto Competition at Biola University.
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