Jing Shao

Jing Shao

Jing Shao was born in ZunYi, China, where she began her musical studies in her hometown at the age of 4. In 1997 she moved to Shanghai to continue her studies at the “Shanghai Conservatory of Music” where she studied at the intermediate and advanced levels with Professors Fei Wu and Xidi Shen and won the 2nd prize in the national viola competition twice in a row.

After finishing her studies in China, she moved to Europe (2003), to continue her training at the “Musikhochschule Cologne (Aachen)”, being a disciple of the prestigious Maestro Massimo Paris, with whom she also studied the postgraduate “konzertexamen”. There she received the 1st prize of the “Köln Musikhochschule Viola Competition”. As a soloist she performed concerts at the “Orpheo-Musikfestivel” in Holland and gave several recitals at the FIAPMSE Festival, as well as performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid at the Auditorio Nacional; under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos; the solo viola part in the work “Don Quijote” by Richard Strauss and under the baton of Pablo González the Sinfonía Concertante by W. A. Mozart.

In 2007 he obtained the position of assistant soloist in the “Sinfonie Orchestra Aachen” in Germany. A year later, she won the position of viola soloist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta titular del Teatro Real, a post she currently holds. She also collaborated as solo viola in the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.

Since 2008 she has participated in numerous chamber concerts in the cycle of “Sunday Concerts”, which are held in the Teatro de la Reina Sofía in various ensembles, such as string trio, string quartet, piano quintet, etc.

Since 2008, she has also been a viola tutor in the orchestra school of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; during this period, she has also participated in projects such as “Talentos Musicales” and “Ayuda a niños con síndrome de Down y autismo”.

In 2012, 2014 and 2019, Jing Shao was invited to give master classes at the Conservatory of Music of Malaga, at the festival of “Master Class of CASTILLA Y LEÓN for Pianists, Strings and Chamber Music”, and at the Conservatory of Music “Progreso musical” in Madrid.

Since 2017 she has been co-founder of the publishing and recording company “Da_sh Music”.

In 2020 she obtained a Master’s degree in “Pedagogy for Musicians” from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).

In the same year, she recorded the album “Crossroads”, which contains contemporary works for viola, double bass and piano trio; it is now distributed by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Jing Shao plays a viola made in Venice in 1906 by the Italian master luthier “Giulio Degani”.

Subjects taught:

  • Viola

Degrees in which she teaches:

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