Violinist Darwin Shen was born in London, England and began his violin studies with his father, his school music teacher, and the noted Indian composer John Mayer. After emigrating to the United States at age eight, he continued his studies with Paul Kantor and Kyung Yu at Yale, and then with Yuval Waldman. He has also studied with Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian and Karen Shaw.
He then decided to embark on more academic pursuits and attended Manhattanville College, where he received the Honors Scholarship. He graduated with an Honors Degree in History, minored in Mathematics and was a member of the National Dean's List, as well as having given lectures at Norwalk Community College on Gallileo's work on thermometry and the social significance of DNA.
Upon returning to violin playing, he has appeared as soloist with the Stamford Young Artists' Philharmonic, the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Harkness Festival Orchestra, the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra during their celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Columbus discovering America. He has participated in recitals or been an assisting artist in concerts for The Center for chamber Music Inc., 3030 Park Concert Series, Schubert Club, Silvermine School of Music, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, and Friends of the Stamford Symphony.
Mr. Shen plays many recitals for the elderly and on a regular basis plays at nursing homes throughout the area. Darwin has played in a recital for the Sister Cities program that was recorded for Chinese television. His performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Danbury Symphony was described as being "performed with warm, modest, unaffected brilliance plus...ease and flexibility...".
A versatile musician, Mr. Shen can sometimes be seen playing jazz, accordion orchestras and even with tango groups. Darwin was a consultant for the violin and viola syllabus for the Schubert Club and writes and arranges music. He has performed with such groups as the Amor Artis Orchestra, The Fairfield County Chorale, Mendelssohn Choir, American Guild of Organists and Southern Connecticut Camerata.
Recent performances have included recitals with pianists Andrew Armstrong, Miki Aoki, and cellist Allison Eldredge and taken him to Atlanta, Green Bay, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Chicago.
Darwin has taught privately and for Fairfield University as part of its adjunct faculty, Zera Musicland of Fairfield, Lessons in Schools of Norwalk and Project Music in Stamford. He is also the founder and director of the Violin Audition Prep Program (http://www.violinauditionprep.com).
For more info, including video, audio and future performances please visit http://www.darwinshen.com.