Hannah Shields is a young pianist who has performed widely throughout the United States, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She recently appeared in Carnegie Hall as a soloist under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. She has performed in such venues as Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Seattle Opera House and Boston's Jordan Hall, and has given recitals at many colleges and universities.
Hannah Shields began her piano studies with Elaine Felder at the Music Institute of Chicago. She first won recognition, at the age of nine, as a prize winner at the YKAA International Piano Competition in Winter Park, Florida. The ensuing years witnessed many more top competition prizes, most recently in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in 2002.
She is highly regarded as a chamber musician and has participated in such chamber music festivals as the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. She was one of the original participants in the Perlman Music Program in 1995. She has collaborated with many outstanding musicians of her own generation, as well as with such well-known artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Barbara Stein Mallow, Andre Emelianoff, and Kathy Murdock. In 2001, she received the Carmen Mihalache Dimulescu Memorial Award, given by the Cleveland Institute of Music in recognition of outstanding collaborative achievement by a young pianist.
Ms. Shields studied with Daniel Shapiro at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her B.M. degree and was awarded the Arthur Loesser prize for excellence in piano performance. This was followed by graduate studies with Claude Frank at Yale University, where she earned an M.M. degree, and with Vivian Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music.
In the fall of 2004, together with Luis Esnaola and Sébastien Gingras, she founded the Novarte Trio, which was chosen for a residency at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and selected as an honors ensemble by the New England Conservatory. This season Ms. Shields has appeared in solo recitals, in concerts with the Novarte Trio, and in a series of recitals with violinist Kristin Lee, in locations ranging from Idaho to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.