The 40th Annual Classical Piano Fest, Sunday at the Bach

Press release

By on Wed, November 23, 2011

Three individual performances by competition winners and touring artists Thomas Tobing from Paris and Sandra Write Shen of the Brevard Institute in North Carolina chosen by Mack McCray of the SF Conservatory who will also perform on the Bach Society’s 9 ft. Steinway – a true chamber experience at the oceanfront Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay.

Sunday, November 27, 2011, 4:30
Tickets, $35/$30 for students
Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach
307 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650 726-4143,

Thomas Tobing of Indonesian - Slovenian descent, completed his Bachelors degree at Music Academy in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he was awarded Preseren prize, highest award for students and won National piano competition. He continued his Masters at Musikhochschule in Munich and Artist diploma at Vancouver Academy of Music. In 1995 he was the first Slovenian to participate in the most prestigious piano competition; Frédéric Chopin in Warsaw. Tobing has performed as a soloist and with orchestras internationally. Love for Chopin brought Thomas to Paris in 2005 where he now resides. At this performance he will be playing works of Chopin.

Sandra Wright Shen has appeared at the Kennedy Music Center in DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall. Sandra won first prizes in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano Competition, and the Peabody Frances M. Wentz Memorial Prize. She has recorded 3 CDs, debuting with her Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Sandra is a Steinway Artist.

Mack McCray received his B.M. and M.S. from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Irwin Freundlich. He has performed under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher, and Arthur Fiedler. Mack McCray is Artistic Director of Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy, and the Chairman of the Piano Department of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.