Zia Hyunsu Shin
Zia Shin is a violinist representing South Korea,
who has astounded the world through her international accomplishments, without studying abroad.
In 2008, Zia Shin expanded her domestic and international career by winning four prestigious awards at the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, which is a world-renown international classical music competition in France, namely the “First Great Prize of Académie des Beaux-Arts,” the “Prize of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,” the “Prize of the Prince Albert II of Monaco,” as well as “Prize of the Students of the Paris Conservatories.”
While in the midst of over 100 global performances in Japan, all Asia, and other foreign countries, Shin continued to challenge herself and ultimately received the “Count de Launoit Prize (Third Place)” at the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium, which is considered as one of the most prestigious competitions for instrumentalists.
Starting 2012, Shin further showed her tenaciousness by making an important decision to change her Korean name from ‘Hyun Su Shin’ to ‘Zia Shin’ in order to make her name more easily pronounceable for her international audiences and with a global outreach in mind.
Zia Shin started playing the violin at the age of four, and upon graduating with honors from both Jeonju Middle School and High School for the Arts, in 2004, she was admitted early to Korea National University of Arts Preparatory School as a music prodigy. Since her elementary age, Shin participated in the Education for Art Prodigies Program at Korea National University of Arts, under the guidance of violinist and Professor Nam-Yoon Kim.
Korean Domestic Awards:
1996: Honam Art Festival (Grand prize)
1997: Hankook Children’s Daily Music Competition (1st prize)
1999: Ewha Kyunghyang Music Competition (1st prize)
2001: National Youth Music Concours (Ministry of Culture and Tourism Award and Grand prize)
2002: Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists (Junior category, 2nd prize)
2003: 3rd Annual Johansen International Competition for Young String Players (1st prize)
2004: Paganini Competition (3rd prize with no 1st prize)
2005: Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (3rd prize)
2005: International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (3rd prize)
2006: Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover (2nd prize & Audience Award)
2007: International Tchaikovsky Competition (5th prize)
2008: Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition (1st prize)
2012: Queen Elisabeth Competition (3rd prize)
Shin is praised to be quite extraordinary to have received multiple, internationally recognized awards without any foreign education.
In addition to receiving the “Grand Prize” at the 1st Annual Shinhan Music Award in 2009 and the “Talent Award of Korea” from the South Korean Government in 2010.
Shin has performed with numerous orchestras, including the following: The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Washington D.C. under Maestro Ivan Fischer; NHK Symphony Orchestra; Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Tokyo Symphony; Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra; Nagoya Philharmonic; Sapporo Symphony; and New Japan Philharmonic.
She has also performed at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Vienna Musikverein Golden Hall, as we with Maestro Daniel Harding in Japan and with Maestro Gilbert Varga in Mexico in 2012.
Host of “The Concert,” KBS 1TV Program
“Lancome” commercial, with actresses Sung-Ryung Kim, Ji-min Han, Jain Kim
2005: “Toi” (Japan)
2012: “Passion Solo” (Korea & Japan) / 2011, February (Universal, AVEX)
2015: “Canto Antigo”
2016: “Serenade Solo”
2018: “Duo” with violinist Richard Yongjae O'Neill
Aside from her successful trio tours and performance at the HKGNA Music Festival with Myunghwa Chung and Yeol Eum Son, Zia Shin also performed at diverse domestic and international music festivals, including the Beppu Argerich Music Festival, Copenhagen Music Festival, Macao International Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Festival, and the PyeongChang Music Festival.
In 2015, Shin performed the “Beethoven Triple Concerto” with the world-class Maestro Myung Whun Chung, cellist Mischa Maisky, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In April of 2018, she had a successful recital at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall with pianist Akira Eguchi, whom she had previously performed with on her very first classical album, “Passion.”
In 2007, Shin performed at the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's inauguration celebration held at the UN General Assembly in New York. She participated in the “Asian Games Concert: Music for Sports & Harmony” hosted by UNESCO to celebrate the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. Shin also performed the opening ceremony at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. In the same year, she was appointed as the ambassador for K-Classics in South Korea.
In addition to her performance at the eve of 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade, in 2017, Shin performed the “The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto” in Beijing at the “Korea-China Cultural Exchange Night,” in front of the South Korean president Moon Jae-In and the Chinese president Xi Jinping, to celebrate the two countries’ diplomatic ties for 25 years. In the same year, Shin was appointed as one of the 25 brightest K-Arts artists at the 25th anniversary of Korea National University of Arts. Recently, Shin was invited to perform at the “To the Heroes” to commemorate the 70th year of the 6.25 Korean War.
About Her Violin
Zia Shin’s previous violin, Stradivarius (1710),
was generously loaned by Nippon Music Foundation,
while Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation,
SooYoung Art Trade, and Samsung Foundation of Culture
also loanedher previous Stradivarius.
Currently, Zia plays a modern violin by “Stephan von Baehr.”