+ KNS CLASSICAL PRIZE
Aristo SHAM – Age 21, Hong Kong
Aristo Sham, born in Hong Kong, was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of six under the tutelage of Professor Eleanor Wong. He was a student at Harrow School in the UK, where he worked with Professor Colin Stone, and is currently pursuing a BA in Economics and French, and an MMus in Piano Performance as a joint programme at Harvard University and New England Conservatory, studying with Professor Victor Rosenbaum.
Having given concerts on five continents in countries ranging from Singapore and Argentina to Slovenia and Morocco, Aristo has played for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles in London, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong. He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Aristo has won a number of international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006, and First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008. He was awarded First Prizes in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition in Portugal, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the PianoArts Competition in Milwaukee, and the New York International Piano Competition from 2015 to 2016. More recently, he also won prizes in the Vendome Prize at Verbier Festival, Clara Haskil, and Viotti International Piano Competitions in 2017.
Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, and was awarded a Fellowship with distinction in Piano Performance of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) in 2011.