Sung Hee Shin, born in South Korea, started playing violin at the age of five. A few years later, she began performing with orchestras such as the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Chamber Ensemble. She continued her violin studying at Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School, and Seoul National University. During that period, she studied with Jae Min Lee, Kyungsun Lee, Hoyoung Pi, Sungsic Yang, Boksu Kim, and Young-Uck Kim. Also, she won top prizes at Ewha & Kyunghyang Concours Concert and Dong-A Music Competition which are renowned in South Korea.
Sung Hee came to the U.S. in 2010 and earned her master’s degree at Eastman School of Music under Professor Oleh Krysa. She also achieved a performer’s certification and fellowship at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed as a soloist at Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY, and Krennert Center in Champaign, IL, as a concerto competition winner. She is pursuing her doctorate degree now as a recipient of full scholarship and working toward final defense under Professor Stefan Milenkovich. She is joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a permanent member starting in the 2017-2018 season. Before this, she was an acting member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015) and the first chair of the second violin section of the Madison Symphony Orchestra (2016-2017). She lives in Madison, WI, with her husband, who is a data scientist, and their baby girl, Anna.