photo by Peter Schaaf
Praised as “a gifted guitarist whose energetic, thoughtful and artistic playing is wonderfully compelling and dynamic" (Sharon Isbin), Dr. Connie Sheu is a performer, teacher, and advocate of classical guitar. Her playing has been hailed by the New York Sun as “excellent, ruminative... scholarly." According to Classical Guitar Magazine, “Her debut recording displays, without a doubt, her talents as a concert artist.”
Past performances have brought her to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, 92nd StY, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; the Guitar Foundation of America 2012 Convention; venues in Moldova, Italy, Hungary; and across the United States. She has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the American String Teacher’s Association Competition, San Jose Young Artist Competition, and the Donald Miller Guitar Concerto Competition.
Connie studied under scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena, Italy and holds degrees in U.S. History and Music from Columbia University as well as a Master of Music from the Juilliard School. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California under William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero.
Connie serves as Director of Communications for the Guitar Foundation of America and is a faculty member at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She is currently performing a truly unique program featuring original works for guitar written by female composers of various periods. Her newest album, The Woman's Voice: Original Music for Guitar by Female Composers is available for purchase on her website and various online music services.