Wenting Shi was born in 1992 and began her piano study at the age of four.
At the age of five, she made her debut by receiving the first prize in a national piano competition. She entered the elementary school of Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of eight and continued the study in the Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2004, she won first prize in the second Gu’Lang’yu National Youth and Children Piano Competition in China. In the same year, she won first prize in the Beethoven Music Festival National Competition and was invited to participate in the Beethoven Music Festival to give several concerts in Germany. In 2005, she won second prize of the second National Concerto Competition for Young Musicians in Beijing. In 2006, she won the highest prize of the Thirteenth Bucharest International Piano Competition in Romania. In 2008, she won second prize of the Twelfth International Piano Competition of Taipei, presented by the Frederic Chopin Foundation of Taipei. The following year, she was invited by the competition committee to give solo and concerto concerts with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in several cities in Taiwan. In 2015, she won fifth place at the International Toronto Piano Competition. In June of 2016, she was awarded third prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition with a special prize of Best Performance of Russian Music.
Ms. Shi has given solo concerts in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, UK, Russia, South Korea, and China, and performed in world-renowned venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. She is also active in concerto performances. Her orchestral performing experiences include Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Kaohsiung Symphony and Shanghai Conservatory Orchestras, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, among others.
She was admitted into the Shanghai Conservatory in 2010, under the tutelage of Professor Min-duo Li. In early 2011, she began study at The Juilliard School in New York with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. She received her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2015, and honored with an Arthur Rubinstein Prize. She is now a Master’s student of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School.
Ms. Shi was awarded the “Outstanding Pianist in Artistry” by the Shanghai Literature and Art Talent Fund Council. She was also the recipient of many celebrated scholarships, including Shanghai Tang’s Educational Scholarship; Chengxian Fu Scholarships; Celia and Joseph Ascher Fund for Piano; Juilliard Alumni Scholarship; Carl Friedberg Memorial Scholarship; Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale Scholarship; Shendell Scholarship; Harold & Helene Schonberg Piano Scholarship; L. & M. Burle Scholarship; Alexander Siloti Scholarship; Lousie Chisholm Moran Piano Scholarship; William Petschek Scholarship; Hui Luen Chao Scholarship; and Adele Marcus Piano Scholarship. In 2015, she was awarded the Beatrice Ohanessian Memorial Scholarship and gave a concert of the music by the renowned American composer.