Digestion doctor wins first YouTube piano contest

June 3, 2008

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May 31, 2008 – Dr. Christopher Shih, a gastroenterologist who also knows his way around the works of Chopin and Bach, won the Van Cliburn Foundation’s first YouTube piano contest for amateurs aged 35 and over, the organization said yesterday.

Shih’s winning entry, posted on Google Inc.’s YouTube, was a video of his solo piano performance of Los Requiebros from the piano suite Goyescas written by Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Read the rest of this entry »


Christopher Shih: Time to quit your day job?

June 3, 2008


June 3, 2008- Dr. Christopher Shih of Maryland won the Van Cliburn Foundation’s first YouTube piano contest for amateurs. His day job? Gastroenterologist.

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YouTube viewers choose contest winner

June 2, 2008

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by Chris Pasles

May 31, 2008- YouTube viewers chose Maryland gastroenterologist Christopher Shih, 35, as the winner in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s first cyberspace contest for amateur classical pianists.

Shih’s winning entry shows him playing “Los requiebros” from Granados’ “Goyescas.” Shih, a Harvard graduate who works at the Maryland Digestive Disease Center, was one of 41 pianists, 35 and older, from Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania and the United States, who submitted 5- to 10-minute performance videos for the online competition.

Shih’s prize will be to compete on stage at the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.


Maryland doctor wins first Cliburn YouTube Contest

May 30, 2008

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by Tim Smith

May 30, 2008- A gastroenterologist from Maryland, Christopher Shih, has been named winner of the first YouTube Conest for amateur pianists, presented by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. His entry was an assured and colorful performance of Los requiebros from Goyescas by Granados. Dr. Shih, 35, will now gain automatic entry, application fee-free, to the next Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2011. About 2,400 people voted online, choosing among 41 amateurs (age 35 and older) who uploaded video performances of 5-10 minutes in length on YouTube. Dr. Shih, who earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins, is affiliated with the Maryland Digestive Disease Center, which has offices in Ellicott City, Laurel and Takoma Park. Read the rest of this entry »


Maryland Doctor Wins Cliburn YouTube Contest

May 30, 2008

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by Olin Chism

May 30th, 2008- Christopher Shih, a 35-year-old gastroenterologist from Maryland, has won the first YouTube Contest for amateur pianists sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation. He will receive automatic entry into the sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, which will be held in Fort Worth in the spring of 2011. Read the rest of this entry »


Maryland pianist named first winner of Van Cliburn YouTube contest

May 30, 2008

By Chris Shull

May 30, 2008- FORT WORTH — Classical music fans can go to YouTube.com, the popular video Web site, to see performances by Van Cliburn, Lang Lang, Arthur Rubinstein and other famous pianists.

Now Christopher Shih, a physician who lives in Maryland, has a pretty big presence on the site, too. Friday, he was named winner of the Van Cliburn Foundation’s first YouTube Piano Contest. Read the rest of this entry »


A Piano, a Camcorder and a Competition

May 29, 2008

A New YouTube Contest Brings to Mind
Van Cliburn and the Price of Success

by Terry Teachout

March 15, 2008- Fifty years ago next month, a 23-year-old whiz kid from Texas won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, instantaneously becoming America’s best-known classical musician and earning a hatful of money in the process. Van Cliburn, then as now a generous man, thereupon started his own piano competition, hoping to give other gifted young artists the same opportunity that the Tchaikovsky Competition had given him. Mr. Cliburn hasn’t played regularly in public since 1978, but the Van Cliburn Competition is still doing business in Fort Worth, and it’s celebrating the anniversary of his Cold War triumph by launching a new venture that would have been unthinkable in 1958: the Cliburn YouTube Contest, in which amateur pianists over the age of 35 shoot videos of their own playing and upload them to www.youtube.com/vancliburnfoundation, where computer-savvy music lovers will view them and pick a winner. Read the rest of this entry »