29 years old
Currently Raymond Shon is completing his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, as a recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. He is a Master of Music graduate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), where he studied with Teppo Koivisto and Risto-Matti Marin and he completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Stephen McIntyre.
Outside of his piano studies, Raymond has studied conducting with the late John Hopkins and Olli Vartiainen, organ with Douglas Lawrence and Markku Hietaharju, as well as harpsichord with Elizabeth Anderson and Assi Karttunen. He has participated in masterclasses with many prominent European pianists including Paavali Jumppanen, Olli Mustonen, Kirill Gerstein, Ewa Kupiec, Ralf Gothóni, Matti Raekallio, Roland Krüger, Antti Siirala, Eero Heinonen and Geoffrey Douglas Madge.
Raymond has performed across Europe and Australia as a soloist and collaborative artist. He has performed as a lied pianist at the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song, as chamber musician and founding member of Trio Chronometro and as an orchestral pianist for conductors Atso Almila and Sakari Oramo.
Raymond is interested in both older and newer music. In 2013 he was the organ scholar at the Scots Church in Melbourne and was an inaugural member of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s New Music Ensemble. In 2018 he returned as an alumnus to curate the New Music Studio concert – A Boulez Manifesto: Tendencies in Recent Music 1953 and he will curate a sequel concert in 2021 – Après Boulez: Minimalism and Spectralism.
As a devotee for the music of Ferruccio Busoni, Raymond performed the Melbourne premieres of the composer’s Six Elegies piano cycle (2014) and the complete Six Sonatinas (2018). In 2016 he performed in a special curated concert at Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo to commemorate Busoni’s 150th jubilee year, which was recorded and broadcast by Finnish national radio YLE1.