Conservatorium of Music

Shan Deng

Shan Deng

Ms Shan Deng

Co-ordinator, Classical Piano; Lecturer in Classical Piano

BMus(Hons)(Griffith), MMus(Griffith), MMus(Manhattan School of Music), LMusA

Contact Details

Contact Campus Hobart CBD Campuses
Building Conservatorium of Music
Room Reference 407
Telephone +61 3 6226 7305
Fax +61 3 6226 7333


Ms Shan Deng - Researchers Report (WARP)

Career Summary

Winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition's Best Australian Pianist Prize, Shan Deng is a well known Australian-Chinese pianist now working in Hobart, Tasmania.  Her successes include winning the keyboard final of the ABC Young Performer of the year award, and representing the Arts as a national finalist in the Young Australian of the Year competition.  Shan won the 2010 Australian Big Ben Award for outstand Chinese youth after a two year selection process.

Shan's early music studies were undertaken in the gifted children's program at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Studying with Leah Horwitz, she obtained her Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with first class honours and a university medal.  Shan has also received Fulbright and Churchill fellowships to perform and study in the USA (Manhattan School of Music, Phillip Kawin) and South Africa (University of Cape Town, Lamar Crowson).  Shan currently holds two Masters of Music Performance.

Concert demands have taken Shan around the world, and she has performed in Australia, Asia, the USA, South Africa and Europe.  She has toured overseas as a soloist with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and has appeared with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras. Shan has been featured in numerous Australian, Chinese and South African radio and television programs.

Shan is currently Lecturer in piano and co-ordinator of keyboard at the University of Tasmania. She is in demand around the world as a concert artist, teacher and adjudicator. In 2014, Shan was awarded the Australian Council for the Arts International Pathway grant and travelled to China for a concert tour, her programme included the world premier of a newly commissioned solo piece "Choro" by Maria Grenfell. She was also invited to be part of the adjudicating panel of the Second Australian International Chopin Competition that year. In 2015, Shan will be perform and give masterclasses in Hobart and Brisbane of Australia, and at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Shan has also been invited to adjudicate the prestigious national Young Performers Award in the same year.

"A stunning repertoire, played with distinction." The Mercury
"Shan Deng is a pianist of precision and flair" Cape Times
"Mozart's sonata in C major… was poetically charged and played with style, intelligence and amazing energy." Courier Mail
"An ecstatic audience returned this wonderful performer back to the piano for many encores with enormous enthusiasm." Kapati News
"Here was a pianist of great charm and elegance" The Advocate

Research Areas

  • Performance
  • Chinese-influenced Australian Music