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The Chinese baritone Yanqiao Shi began to learn piano when he was five. In 2008, he began his vocal studies at the Shenzhen University in Shenzhen and Beijing (China). During his studies, he sang in choir at the Shenzhen Poly Theater, the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Shenzhen Grand Theatre in China.
From 2013 to 2014, he had a musical education under Aziz Kortel and Berthold Possemeyer in Germany. From 2014 to 2018 he studied for a master’s degree in opera and classical music under Mathias Behrends, Franco Trinca and Christian Hilz at the Bern University of the Arts. He successfully completed the programme in 2018. During his master studies, he attended masterclasses with Rudolf Piernay, Felicity Lott, Capucine Chiaudani, Vesselina Kasarova, Francisco Araiza, Claudia Eder, and Martin Bruns.
From 2015 to 2018, he appeared in title or supporting roles in several opera productions from the Swiss Opera Studio and the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn. He sang concerts with the Berner Symphonieorchester (BSO) in Bern, with the Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn (SOBS) in the Tonhalle Zurich.
In April 2018, as the first performance in Switzerland, he interpreted Gustav Mahler’s symphonic orchestral songs Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the HKB Chamber Orchestra. In spring 2019, a studio recording of this collection was released on CD by Claves Records.