Concertmaster (on leave)
DSO member since 2012
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 5. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States, and Europe.
Yoonshin has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career. Highlights include top prize awards in the Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy), Lipinski & Wieniawski International Violin Competition (Poland), Henry Marteau International Violin Competition (Germany), and first prize at the Stradivarius International Competition in the US. In her native South Korea, Yoonshin has won virtually all the major national competitions.
As a soloist, she has performed with many orchestras around the world—including the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Utah Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and KBS Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro Music Festival, Deer Valley Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival in the US, Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan and Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, and Bayreuth Music Festival in Europe.
Since 2012, Yoonshin has been the Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has enjoyed close collaborations with inspiring guest artists such as Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Jamie Laredo.
Yoonshin currently plays on a 1700 Vincenzo Rugeri violin on loan to her from a generous sponsor in Michigan. Her engagements as a soloist throughout next season include concerti by Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Bruch.