Shin-young Kwon, Violin

Growing up in South Korea, there was a classical music boom in my generation. Shin-young still remembers sitting at the piano at the age of 4 with her mother. There was also a cello in the house, but as a six-year-old, Shin-young chose to study violin because her friend had. Her violin teacher, a professor at the University, started an orchestra and when Shin-young was ready — at age 9 — he said, “Ok, you can play in the back of the violin section.” But she also performed solos with the group, and her life changed when she performed the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Yet, she recalls modestly, “Somehow I managed to play to the end!”

Shin-young came to the United States in 1996 as a Freshman to study with Sylvia Rosenberg at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees there, and in 2001 began the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at Indiana University as a student of Miriam Fried. Her dissertation, a comparison of early Boccherini and Haydn string quartets, is in progress. Her interest in chamber music is also in evidence by her performances at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Taos School of Music. She also is the recipient of The Kutner String Quartet Award.

Although the Oregon Symphony is Shin-young’s first professional orchestra position, she has extensive experience in orchestra, including the New York String Seminar Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Orchestra. She has performed solo recitals in Indiana, New York, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in South Korea.

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