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CONCISE BIO (250 words)

 

A versatile pianist, composer and sound artist, Shi-An Costello has been described as a “precise, engaged, welcoming performer, unafraid of deep ambiguities“ (The Reader), “in such spare textures and hushed dynamics, the smallest development seems seismic” (Chicago Classical Review), and on his piano interpretations of Shostakovitch and Schumann, “a tour de force . . . steely and granitic [Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87]” and “dreamy and sensitive [Davidsbundlertanze]” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). As a composer, Shi-An has written works for Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.), Access Contemporary Music, The _____ Experiment, Chromic Duo, Missing Piece, The Response Project, trickpony, Jonathan Hannau, Francis Yun, and himself, in a High Concept Labs commission. Shi-An’s latest 2021 release, [alloy]: new works for prepared piano, Greg Nahabedian of I Care If You Listen writes: “[alloy] is remarkable in its curation: there truly is something for everyone . . .  Costello has done an amazing job of performing the music in a way that is faithful to the compositions while sequencing the tracks in a cohesive manner and creating a musical through-line...” Preceding alloy, Costello’s released two commercial solo albums of works from the classical canon on Blue Griffin Records, Rounded Binary (2018), and Posthumous (2020), as well as a self-released project under his electronic artist name, Coshian, water (2021). Costello previously held position as  Visiting Artist and Piano faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and New Music School. He holds degrees in Music Composition and Performance from Columbia College and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

BIOGRAPHY (528 words)

Pronunciation: SHEE-AHN or SHR-AHN (世 安)
Pronouns: they/them/theirs or he/him/his

Shi-An Costello (b. 1987) is a musician with deep roots in contemporary art practices. A versatile pianist, composer and sound artist, Shi-An has been described as a “precise, engaged, welcoming performer, unafraid of deep ambiguities“ (The Reader), “in such spare textures and hushed dynamics, the smallest development seems seismic” (Chicago Classical Review), and on his piano interpretations of Shostakovitch and Schumann, “a tour de force ... steely and granitic [Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87]” and “dreamy and sensitive [Davidsbundlertanze]” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

​Shi-An, as a composer, has had new works commissioned by Access Contemporary Music, High Concept Labs, The Response Project (Brianna Matzke), trickpony (Sarah Albu), Missing Piece (Kelly Quesada and Dan Galat), pianist Magnus Villaneuva, and harpsichordist Francis Yun. He has written new works premiered by ThingNY, The _____ Experiment, Chromic Duo, violinist Marina Kifferstein, pianists Jonathan Hannau and Sandra Wright Shen. As a student, Shi-An has written for Dal Niente and International Contemporary Ensemble. Additionally, Shi-An’s works have been performed by Conservatoire de musique de Lausanne, Timepoint Ensemble, and Thin Edge New Music Collective, among others.

Hailed by Philippe Leroux as “Shi-An finds the depth in every note” and the late Frederic Rzewski as “a winner,” Shi-An, as a pianist, has worked personally with over 150 composers from all over the world in solo, ensemble and chamber settings. Shi-An has commissioned new works by Viet Cuong, Danny Clay, Alex Temple, Ana Paola Santillan Alcocer, Aeryn Santillan, morgan krauss, Jimmie Leblanc, David Reminick, Marielle Groven, Kurt Isaacson, and has worked personally with composers Philippe Leroux, Frederic Rzewski, Jerome Kitzke, Serge Provost, Keeril Makan, Marti Epstein, Anthony Cheung, James O’Callaghan, Eliza Brown, Thomas Carr, and many other brilliant composers around the world.

Shi-An’s 2021 release, [alloy]: new works for prepared piano, Greg Nahabedian of I Care If You Listen writes: “[alloy] is remarkable in its curation: there truly is something for everyone-at least as far as fans of contemporary classical music go . . .  Costello has done an amazing job of performing the music in a way that is faithful to the compositions while sequencing the tracks in a cohesive manner and creating a musical through-line...” Preceding alloy, Costello’s released two commercial solo albums of works from the classical canon on Blue Griffin Records, Rounded Binary (2018), and Posthumous (2020), as well as a self-released project under his electronic artist name, Coshian, water (2021). Sean Shibe of The Arts Desk writes of Costello’s album,  Rounded Binary: Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovitch, “Bach and Shostakovich ingeniously conjoined with a brilliant mash-up of both composer’s C major preludes: possibly the most enchanting little piano piece I've heard all year.”

Costello previously held position as Visiting Artist and Piano faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and New Music School. He has been a guest artist lecturer at numerous universities and institutions across North America. He holds degrees in Music Composition and Performance from Columbia College and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Costello has received generous project support from the Conseil des Arts du Canada, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Department of Cultural and Special Events, Cliff Dwellers Club, Amphion Foundation, and the Walder Foundation.

MORE CONCISE (196 words)

Shi-An Costello has been described as “in such spare textures and hushed dynamics, the smallest development seems seismic” (Chicago Classical Review), and “a tour de force . . . steely and granitic [Shostakovitch’s Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87]” and “dreamy and sensitive [Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze]” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Shi-An has written new works for Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble, Access Contemporary Music, The _____ Experiment, Chromic Duo, Missing Piece, The Response Project, trickpony, Jonathan Hannau, and for himself, a High Concept Labs commission. Shi-An’s latest 2021 release, [alloy], Greg Nahabedian of I Care If You Listen writes: “Costello has done an amazing job of performing the music in a way that is faithful to the compositions while sequencing the tracks in a cohesive manner and creating a musical through-line...” Preceding alloy, Costello’s released two commercial solo albums of works from the classical canon on Blue Griffin Records, Rounded Binary (2018), and Posthumous (2020), as well as a self-released project under his electronic artist name, Coshian, water (2021). Costello previously held position as  Visiting Artist and Piano faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and New Music School. He holds degrees in Music Composition and Performance from Columbia College and McGill University.