Pianists Jessica Chow Shinn and Michael Shinn are the co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of the pianoSonoma Music Festival, a non-profit classical music organization that bridges the gap between traditional concert performer and audience member. At pianoSonoma, musicians of all backgrounds—world-class Artists in Residence on the cusp of international careers and non-professional performers of varying skill levels—collaborate in chamber music rehearsals, concerts, and performance classes. The goal of these collaborations is to bring lasting creative joy to all of its participants. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They commissioned the latter to write a major two piano concerto, Double Rainbow, with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra that will be the centerpiece of a forthcoming album featuring music Cabaniss has written for the duo.

Michael is dean of music at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he oversees the Music Division faculty and students, directs artistic planning and strategizing for the division, and works closely with colleagues in leading curricular innovation. Jessica is head of collaborative piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. They are both Yamaha Artists.

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