A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Carthage College, classical pianist Shiqi Xu is a dedicated performer and teacher. Born in China, she began playing the piano at the age of 7 after discovering her love for music. As soloist, she has performed with the Carthage Philharmonic and has given recitals in Chicago Concert Hall, Steinway Hall (Milwaukee), Miller Recital Hall (MSM), Lakeside Piano Festival, Hawaii Chamber Music Festival, and more. Due to her versatility, she is a frequent chamber, musical theater, and opera pianist. She has also held many music director positions for community churches. She was invited as a pianist for the Manetti Shrem Opera Program at Festival Napa Valley. She is the recipient of the prestigious Bothe-Hazel Memorial Award and Bridge Grant Scholarship. With her love of teaching, she maintains a large private studio as well as teaching positions in many music schools such as Muzik Colab (NYC), the Masaki School of Music (Honolulu), Carthage Arts Academy (Kenosha), and more. Shiqi has performed in masterclasses for world renowned pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Jorge Federico Osorio, and Joanne Polk. She completed her undergraduate studies with Dr. Wael Farouk and her graduate studies with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.