Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented violinist…whose sound and technique go well beyond her years,” violinist Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea, where she began her musical studies at age five. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the US, and Europe. In April 2019, the Houston Symphony named Yoonshin as its new concertmaster (Max Levine Chair), beginning in August 2019. From 2012 to 2019, she was the concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she has enjoyed close collaborations with inspiring guest artists such as Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Jamie Laredo.
Yoonshin has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career, including top prize awards in the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy; the Lipinski & Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland; the Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany; and first prize at the Stradivarius International Competition in the United States. In her native South Korea, Yoonshin has won virtually all of the major violin competitions.
As a soloist, Yoonshin has performed with many orchestras around the world, including the Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Utah Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (Germany), Filarmonica Ploiesti (Romania), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), and KBS Symphony Orchestra (Korea). She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous music festivals, including the Marlboro, Deer Valley, Great Lakes, and Aspen music festivals in the US; the Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan; and the Verbier, Lucerne, and Bayreuth festivals in Europe. Her engagements as a soloist throughout next season include concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Bruch.