purity and beauty of her sound left the audience speechless.” So wrote China’s
foremost composer, Chen Gang, after hearing Sha give the American premier of his
“Wang Zhao-Jun” violin concerto.
Sha is one of China’s leading violinists on the world stage today. Her singing
style and dynamic stage presence has mesmerized audiences from East to West.
Born in Shanghai, China, Sha started the violin at age six, and as a child
prodigy, appeared often on radio and television.
Sha’s earliest musical memories were of her father, Cao Peng, one of China’s
most famous and respected conductors, leading the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
They have often shared the international stage. Their memorable father-daughter
collaborations include performances with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa,
Russia Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Broadcast
Symphony, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Taipei National Symphony Orchestra,
Kaohsiung Symphony, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and the Singapore Chinese
Sha’s Carnegie Hall debut came in 2003, in a sold-out performance with Skitch
Henderson and the New York Pops. Her solo appearances have also taken her to
Scandinavia, where Swedish newspapers characterized her as, “a formidable
interpreter of the music, with wide range, deep feeling and powerful
expression.” Lisbon, Portugal praised her for “an enthralling musicality that is
almost indescribable”. In 1999, Sha was the featured soloist at the 40th
anniversary concert celebrating the “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto with the
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. A versatile performer, Sha has championed the works
of living Chinese composers as well as traditional violin repertoire, performing
new music for violin and Chinese traditional orchestra recently in Hong Kong and
Singapore. Sha was a special guest soloist on the World Celebrity Series of the
2003 Imperial Garden Concert Series in Beijing. Her American debut was with the
Florida Orchestra, winning her audience with “Beautifully rendered lines that
come directly from the heart”. Following her performance in Dallas, Texas, Sha
was made an “Honorary Citizen” for her contribution to the cultural life.
A film version of the “Butterfly Lovers”, starring Sha, was recently broadcast
nationally in China and released on DVD. Her performance of this piece has also
been released on her debut CD, recorded in Moscow with the Russia Philharmonic
Sha’s musical training at the Beijing Central Conservatory began at age 11,
where she studied with Ting-Sun Pang and Yao-Ji Lin. She won top honors at the
Chinese National Violin competition, and her string quartet won the Chinese
National Quartet competition, and the Menuhin Chairman Prize at the
International String Quartet Competition of Portsmouth, England. Sha also
studied in America with Dr. Eduard Schmieder and the Guarneri String Quartet.