My musical biography

Chinese pianist Liang Shan was born in Songyuan, Northeast China. He is currently studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire for an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance with John Thwaites and Fabio Bidini.

Liang began his musical education at the China Conservatory of Music with Xiaoxue Hu and Changxin Guan. He then moved to Britain in 2008, where he received a full scholarship to study at Birmingham Conservatoire with Malcolm Wilson and David Quigley before studying at the Royal College of Music with Andrew Ball on a Cosmina and Douglas Liversidge Award.

Liang has received several awards, and in recent years he was awarded the Winifred Miklam Prize, David Brooke Piano Prize, Dennis Matthew Award, Marjorie Hazlehurst Piano Award and Sheila and Colina Hodge Memorial Prize. Liang has participated in masterclasses with musicians including Peter Donohoe, Steven Osborne, Leon McCawley, Ashley Wass, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Roy Howat, Leslie Howard, Martinu Tirimo, Martin Jones, Gustav Fenyo, Carol Presland, Jakob Fichert, Idil Biret, Howard Shelley and Daniel Hoxter.

He has performed in numerous venues around the UK including Birmingham Cathedral, St Martin’s Church, Ladywood Arc, Adrian Boult Hall, New Oscott Village, St Barnabas Church, Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, St Mary Abbots Church, St James Church Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, St Stephen’s Church, St George’s Hanover Square, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Oatleigh Village, Ellesmere House, Charlton House in London, Bilborough College in Nottingham, Shire Hall in Hereford, Kingsley School in Leamington, Worcester Cathedral, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and Shelton Hospital in Shrewsbury. He also gave a solo recital as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 and Birmingham Artsfest 2012.

As a concerto soloist, Liang has played with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Orchestra, Hereford String Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia, Sutton Coldfield Orchestra and Birmingham Student Symphony Orchestra; and he formed and played with a symphony orchestra in aid of Cancer Research. Liang also organised the 200th anniversary concerts of Liszt and Schumann for the students at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010 and 2011.

Future engagements include recitals at the Bury Parish Church in Lancashire, St Edwards Church Hall in Knighton, Adian Boult Hall in Birmingham and Concerto with the South Birmingham Sinfonia at The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre and Sutton Coldfield Orchestra at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church.