Xiaotian Shi started playing the piano at the age of 5 and soon began composing at 6. He studied at the Royal College of Music, London from 2005. Later in 2008, Xiaotian won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study composition with Paul Patterson and piano with Rustem Hayroudinoff.
He has composed for the Royal Ballet School and later the London Contemporary Dance School. Xiaotian won 1st Prize in the 6th Annual International Composition for Orchestra Competition, in LA, California, his orchestral work was premiered by the AASO conducted by David Benoit. He was also a prizewinner of the Sibelius Student Composer of the Year competition, where Steve Reich and Karl Jenkins were among the 7 internationally prominent adjudicators. Other awards he received include the Constance Poupard Memorial Prize at the RCM and both Violet Strutton Prize and Alec Rowley Award at the RAM.
In 2011, he founded the London Academy Premiere Sinfonia, made up of some of the finest musicians in London. The orchestra specialises in performing new orchestral works and film scoring sessions. The 75-piece orchestra made its critically acclaimed Debut Concert in July 2011, where 2 of Xiaotian’s new large-scale orchestral works were premiered. As a composer for Film and Television, Xiaotian’s work can be heard on the Discovery Channel and BBC, where he works as composer, arranger and orchestrator.