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Sun-Young Gemma Shin


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, Dr. Shin also performs with the Venice Symphony Orchestra (FL) and often with the baroque ensemble Concerto Urbano (Charlotte Mattax Moersch, director).

Winner of numerous competitions, Dr. Shin is a frequent guest artist and an adjudicator. She has been invited to perform and present at the College Music Society’s National (2017) and Regional Conferences (2015), and her most recent Naxos recording 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 Concerto Competition. She has collaborated with the St. Petersburg Quartet and Pacifica Quartet, played with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Euro-Asian Orchestra, and performed at major concert venues such as the Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Getty Center in Los Angeles, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall, among others.

Equally at home as a devoted teacher, her students have won competitions; admission to undergraduate/graduate programs with scholarships at Oberlin College, DePaul University, University of Texas at Austin, and Northwestern University; and her former students hold positions in professional orchestras around the United States. Dr. Shin has taught at Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Wesleyan University, Huntingdon College (AL), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), Illinois Summer Youth Music, and Illinois Chamber Music Symposium.

Dr. Shin earned degrees from Oberlin College (BM), Northwestern University (Certificate in Performance, MM), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA) under the tutelage of Roland and Almita Vamos, Gregory Fulkerson, and Simin Ganatra.