Described by The New York Times as a pianist “whose playing combines clarity, elegance and abundant technique”, and by The Washington Post as a young artist with “boundless potential” who can “already hold his own with the best”, pianist Aristo Sham has dazzled audiences on five continents. In 2009 he was featured in the documentary “The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies”, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK.
Aristo Sham has performed for royalty and dignitaries including HRH The Prince of Wales, the Queen of Belgium, and ex-President Hu of China. He has collaborated with orchestras including the London Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle, the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Edo de Waart, the English Chamber with Sir Raymond Leppard, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He first came to international attention when he was awarded First Prize at the 2006 Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. He subsequently won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008, and has also won prizes in the Vendome Prize at Verbier Festival, Gina Bachauer, Dublin, Clara Haskil, New York, Saint-Priest, and Viotti International Piano Competitions. In 2019 he was First Prize winner of the Casagrande International Piano Competition.
Sham holds a Bachelors in Economics degree from Harvard University and a Masters in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory. His principal teachers have been Eleanor Wong, Colin Stone, Victor Rosenbaum, and Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist.