Praised for her “big tone and attractive sound”, Korean-Canadian violinist Sonya Shin started her violin studies at the age of five. In recent years, Shin has won many top prizes in local, provincial, and national competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, and the Kiwanis Music Festival.
At age 17, Shin made her debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. Other notable solo performances have been with Edmonton Chamber Orchestra and Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with solo performances, Shin was Concertmaster of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for four years. She has attended many international music festivals including Morningside Music Bridge, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, National Arts Centre-Young Artists Program, Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Kenneth Eilon in Israel.
Shin currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music under Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman. Her previous teachers are Robert Uchida, James Keene, and Anne Mcdougall. Other influences include Andrew Dawes, Andrew Wan, Martin Beaver, and Grigory Kalinovsky.
Aside from her own studies, Shin has a passion for enlightening upcoming young musicians. In 2017-2019 Shin volunteered as an orchestral coach and private teacher at YONA, an after-school music program for young students coming from under-served communities. She also teaches privately.
Shin is generously supported by the Korean Canadian Foundation scholarship, Alexandra M. Munn Scholarship, the O’Neill Foundation, Ranald & Vera Shean Memorial Scholarship, Selma W. Berkman Fund, and the Winspear Fund Scholarship. She is currently playing on a Tommaso and Lorenzo Carcassi 1734 violin, loaned to her by the Manhattan School of Music.