MUSICIAN IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED AT GRACE CHURCH

Grace Church has established a ‘Musician in Residence’ position.  The goal is to encourage young local, accomplished musicians to develop their musical excellence while sharing their musical ability with the church and general community.

The first Musician in Residence at Grace Church of Evergreen is Ryan Sheng.

Ryan’s first performance as the Musician in Residence and soloist is Sunday, October 27 and November 3 at 11am.  The Service will be a modern liturgical service with organ and piano as the key instruments involving the old and new in worship styles.  Pastor John Goldstein will be the officiating Worship Leader.   

 All are invited to share in the 11am worship services and to experience the exceptional music leadership of the Musician in Residence.  

Grace Church of Evergreen is located at 2650 Aborn Road, San Jose. Plenty of off street parking!
 
 

Ryan Sheng is a founding member of Evergreen Ensemble. He teaches piano voluntarily at Grace Music Institute since 2013. Besides playing piano, Ryan enjoys reading, playing basketball and playing oboe. He is currently the oboist in the Evergreen Valley High School Wind Ensemble and the first Resident Musician at Grace Church of Evergreen.

Ryan started learning to play the piano at age 5 and soon began to perform internationally in competitions and festivals. Most recently, he was invited to participate in 2019 Van Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition Festival and PianoTexas Young Artist Program with full scholarship. As the winner of the concerto competition in PianoTexas, he performed Mozart Concerto No. 21 with Fortworth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. 
 
 
 

In 2017 he was invited to perform a solo recital at Brussels Music Festival ( http://www.brusselspianofestival.com ) in Belgium. He was the youngest pianist who was ever invited to the festival. He was one of the 24 contestants of 2016 Gina Bachauer International Competition and a prize winner of many local and international competitions. 

Other prizes he has won include 3rd prize of Virgina Waring International Piano Competition Intermediate category; 2nd prize, Audience Award and Young Jury Award at 2019 Emory piano competition; 1st prize and the special prize of Best Performance of Bence Kutrik Introverted Confessions at the 10th Rosario Marciano International Competition in 2018 in Vienna; 1st prize of 2018 Pacific Music Competition; 2nd prize at 2018 International White Night Festival Piano Competition in Russia, 1st prize at 2014 Schlern International Competition Young Musician Category in Italy and many 1st prizes of US Open Music Competitions. He has been invited by audition to perform in the 2010, 2015 and 2018 Junior Bach Festival. In the summer of 2017 and 2019, he won 1st prize in North Coast International Piano Festival Competition, earning him performances in Carnegie Hall for 2017 and 2018 and 2019 winner's concerts.