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The Ming Shih Academy – Digital Innovation

We live in exciting but also challenging times for music education; exciting because of the rapid pace of technological advancement and challenging because of the speed at which we must adapt to these changes. One principle never changes: The student comes first.

The Ming Shih Academy is a pedagogical congress, a learning experience in which the innovative teaching system for children “Ming Shih Method” is introduced to public life in the form of digital media publications, artificial intelligence applications, online forums, and virtual reality metaverse environments. Ming Shih Academy is a foundation and community through which students at all levels can interact and grow through their passion for music.

Eliminate Fear by Performing – The Ming Shih Academy Process

Students as young as 3 years of age embrace Professor Anne Shih’s methodology because it takes the fear out of playing and makes it fun and exciting. Without realizing it, students use sophisticated technology through games and animated characters to provide feedback and coaching. They may rehearse in a virtual lesson room, then hear themselves as if they were sitting on stage at the Berliner Philharmonic. If Anne isn’t available for an online session, Annie AI can listen and advise a student on how to build warmth into their tone or show them what to practice to articulate a run at blazing speed.

As they progress, students advance through the Ming Shih Method series of digital publications containing thousands of video demonstrations, accompaniments, and exercises, up to and including mastery of the Ming Shih Method of instruction through our first eTextbook “A Million Joyful Musicians” published online by Anne Shih and The Ming Shih Academy ©2021

Our Leadership Team

Ms. Anne Shih: University Professor Hochschule für Musik Mainz, Frankfurt Germany
Anne made her concert debut in Vancouver at the age of eleven, and a year later she was already playing with the Calgary Philharmonic. She began taking piano lessons at the age of ten and proved to be a natural, and after only eighteen months she won the British Columbia Royal Conservatory of Music’s major medal for the exam. She later studied with the eminent piano teacher Lee Kum-Sing. She has given public concerts in North America, Europe and Asia, masterfully on the violin, viola and piano

As a violinist and pianist, she has appeared on radio and television in Canada, the USA, Korea and Europe. In 1986, she starred with her sisters in the documentary Which Way to Carnegie Hall?, which won the gold medal at the New York International Film Festival. She won first prize at the Seattle International Young Artists Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and second prize at the CIBC National Competition.

From 1986-91 she studied with her beloved mentor Joseph Gingold at Indiana University, then she became his final assistant. In 1988 she received the International Student Academic Achievement Award for outstanding scholastic performance. In Seattle and Europe she worked with Denes Zsigmondy as his assistant and received the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg in 1992.

In 1991, at the age of 22, she was offered a visiting professorship at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She then became Chairperson of the String Department at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.

As one of the youngest C4 professors for violin, in 1997 she was offered a position at the University of Music in Mainz. She still teaches there. She was director and conductor of the chamber ensemble “International Strings” and also conducted the university orchestra. Many of her students have won prizes in international competitions in Europe. They have first positions in European and Asian orchestras. Her students teach successfully in Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, America, Canada and the Czech Republic.

Anne teaches and gives concerts at a number of festivals, the Casalmaggiore Festival, the Auer Musik Festival, the Holzhausener Musiktage, the Euro Arts Festival, the Algonquin Musik Festival, the Kincardine Musik Festival, and the international Beethovenfest in Bonn. She is a sought-after music teacher and gives master classes in Europe, North America and Asia.

The Ming Shih Academy Overview

In the 1990s, she co-founded the Wisconsin Virtuosi Artist Series with Douglas Gowan in Milwaukee, performing at the historic Pabst Theater. She is currently the artistic director of the Norfolk Concerts in England, the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, and the MING Connection Mainz eV and is a jury member for international competitions. She directs the Mainzer Virtuosi, which is already attracting international attention.

Anne has had notable success, including as a violinist and pianist in a program at Wigmore Hall, alongside Raphael Wallfisch, Ruth Killius of the Zehetmair Quartet, and her sister Patricia, who is the leader of the Borealis Quartet. This remarkable tour de force earned her an invitation to play all of Grieg’s sonatas at Wigmore later in the year.

Ms. Patricia Shih :Associate Professor of Violin. Baylor University College of Music, Waco Texas USA
Patricia Shih is recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent musicians as a soloist, educator, and chamber musician. At 14, her mentor Josef Gingold described her as “one of the greatest talents that I have ever taught. Her great technique, inborn musicality, sense of style, and virtuosity are unequaled.” Since her Carnegie Hall debut, Patricia has appeared worldwide as a guest soloist with all the major orchestras in Canada and with leading orchestras worldwide such as the Royal Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Toronto and Seattle Symphonies, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mexico National Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio. Shih has performed in some of the world’s great venues such as the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Wigmore Hall in London, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Liszt Akademy Hall in Budapest. As first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet, she has mentored at many universities internationally and has toured extensively worldwide. Patricia was recently honored as a “Distinguished Fellow of BC” for her presentations and lectures were given as a Visiting Scholar at Green College@ University of British Columbia. Patricia has been featured on many radio and television shows including CBS’s Charles Kuralt Show and on Classic FM aired across Europe. A half-hour TV documentary on Patricia’s career was televised on the Biography Channel and she is currently sponsored by Pirastro Strings.

Ms. Connie Shih: Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Canadian pianist Connie Shih is considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding artists. In 1993 she was awarded the Sylva Gelber Award for most outstanding classical artist under age 30. At the age of nine, she made her orchestral debut with Mendelssohn’s first Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she was the youngest ever protégé of Gyorgy Sebok, and then continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Claude Frank, himself a protégé of Arthur Schnabel. Later studies were undertaken with Fou Tsong in Europe.

Board of Advisors

John B. Costa: Founder & CEO at RePubIT LLC Interactive Education Solutions

Ging Yang (朱俊仰) Choo: Co-Founder (COO) at Stardust Metaverse

Olaf von Hösslin: Founder at CLIMA2RENT and IronCom GmbH

Rafael Ramirez-Melendez: Tenured Associate Professor and Head of the Music and Machine Learning Lab at Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Jim Pinard: Founder at Pinard Studios

Harmen Rijks: Managing Director at Ferguson Walsh Ltd

Devin Standard: CEO RP Optical USA

Jody Underwood: Learning Scientist at Intelligent Automation, Inc.

Investors

Olaf von Hösslin: Founder at CLIMA2RENT and IronCom GmbH

John B. Costa: Founder & CEO at RePubIT LLC Interactive Education Solutions

Anne Shih : Prof. of Violin & Artistic Director Hochschule fuer Musik Mainz, Casalmaggiore International Festival, Norfolk Concerts UK