Shen started learning tabla in Melbourne from Sri Debapriya Bhattacharya in 1994 and soon went to the holy city of Varanasi in India to study under Pt. Kaviraj Ashutosh Bhattacharya, a great tabla master of the Benares Gharana. Shen is now mainly based in Brisbane but typically spends several months of each year in Japan and India, and has performed with leading musicians in all three countries.