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.

Here he is in action:

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.