Dr. Sun-Young Gemma Shin
Dr. Sun-Young Gemma Shin
is an active performer on both baroque and modern violin as a soloist, chamber musician,
and orchestra leader.
A former Fellow and Concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Alabama
and presently Associate Concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra,
and often performs alongside fellow Baroque specialists in the baroque ensemble
under the direction of Charlotte Mattax Moersch. Dr. Shin recently joined the violin
section of the Venice Symphony Orchestra (FL), under director Dr. Troy Quinn.
Dr. Shin is a frequent guest artist and an adjudicator. She has been invited to perform
and present newly composed solo violin works at the College Music Society’s National
(2017) and Regional Conferences (2015), was a guest artist at University of Chicago’s
Series, Kent State University and Illinois State University, and a featured soloist
with the St. Patrick’s Youth Orchestra. Her concertmaster solo from Stacy Garrop’s
” live performance was hailed and aired numerous times through Central Illinois’ NPR
station, WILL-FM. Her most recent Naxos recording of the
Czerny Piano Trio
was aired on BBC. She has adjudicated the St. Boniface Young Artist Showcase (FL),
Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition (AL), Paul Rolland Memorial String Competition
(IL), Peoria Symphony Orchestra Guild Young Artist Competition (IL), Montgomery Symphony
Orchestra Fellowship Competitions (AL), and Illinois State University’s Concerto Competition.
She has collaborated with major chamber ensembles such as the St. Petersburg Quartet
and Pacifica Quartet. As an orchestral violinist, she has performed with ensembles
such as Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Euro-Asian Orchestra, and has graced the
stages of major concert venues such as the Seoul Arts Center,
Sejong Center, Kumho Art Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Getty Center in Los
Angeles, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Symphony Center in Chicago,
and Carnegie Hall among others.
Equally at home as a devoted teacher, Shin
has taught at Illinois State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Huntingdon College (AL), Illinois Wesleyan University Preparatory Program, Blue Lake
Fine Arts Camp (MI), Illinois Summer Youth Music, and Illinois Chamber Music Symposium.
Students of Dr. Shin have won competitions, as well as admissions to undergraduate/graduate
programs with scholarships at Oberlin College, DePaul University, the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado-Boulder,
Butler University, and Northwestern University;
and her former students hold positions in professional orchestras around the United
States and in Korea.
Dr. Shin earned degrees from Oberlin College (BM), Northwestern University (MM, Certificate
in Performance), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA) under the
tutelage of Roland and Almita Vamos, Gregory Fulkerson, and Simin Ganatra.
Her upcoming 2018-2019 season highlights are a collaboration with Nancy Johnson (Baroque
Violin) and other baroque musicians in Indianapolis and a concert series in Korea
at the Sacred Hearts Convent and Maria Callas Hall in Seoul, collaborating with Dr.
SeungMin Ha (piano) and a Warburton Performing Artist, Dr. Aaron Romm (Trumpet).