Guest Aartist for

WASO guest artists for the Viennese Connoisseurs Concert

Cellist Pitnarry Shin has toured throughout the United States, Europe and her native Korea. She has performed as soloist with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, the Kunsan Philharmonic, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared at many of the leading international festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Edinburgh and Dartington Festivals (England), Colmar and Evian Festivals (France), Banff Festival (Canada) and the Piatigorsky Seminar. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Germany, which allowed her to participate and perform in several European festivals such as the Manchester Festival, the Kronberg Festival and the Ensemble InterContemporain Summer Festival, where she played solo cello under Pierre Boulez. Shin was a member of the Minnesota Orchestra from 2001 to 2006 and returned as a full time member again in 2012. In addition to her orchestral work, she serves as an artistic director of the Bakken Trio. Previously, she has served as guest co-principal cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra and as acting principal of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the New York Philharmonic on their historic tour to North Korea, and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She received her musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University Music School, where she received the Aldo Parisot-Yo-Yo Ma Prize upon graduation, and Stony Brook University Music School.She is married to Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violin and director of artistic planning with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Kyu-Young Kim, Artistic Director and Principal Violin of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kyu-Young Kim is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO’s Artistic Director in January 2016 marks the first time a playing member has been tapped to take the artistic helm of a major American orchestra. Previously, Kim served as Director of Artistic Planning with the SPCO while continuing to perform in the orchestra. Since assuming his dual role in 2013, the SPCO has named seven new Artistic Partners, opened its new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to great critical acclaim, toured throughout the U.S. and to Europe, and won a Grammy Award in 2018 for its disc of Schubert's Death and the Maiden with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Kim has also toured throughout the world as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet with whom he won the Grand Prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition and was a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two Program. As a former member of the Pacifica String Quartet, Mr. Kim won the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. He has appeared as soloist with the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Poland and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and is an Emeritus Member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Pianist Orion Kim is a high school senior from Saint Paul, MN and studies with Professor Claudia Chen (Macalester College). Orion has attended summer programs at Bowdoin International Music Festival studying with Professor Julian Martin (The Juilliard School) and the Young Artists Program at the Yellow Barn Festival in Putney, VT. He has performed with numerous orchestras in the Twin Cities area including the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Dakota Valley Symphony, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the Golden Valley Orchestra, and the University of Minnesota Chamber Orchestra. He has won top prize at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition (Junior Division), second prize in both the Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerto Competition and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention at the Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, and top honors in the Dakota Valley Concerto Competition, the Golden Valley Young Artists Competition, and the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum Mozart Concerto Competition. Orion enjoys playing chamber music with friends and family, writing for his school newspaper of which he is editor-in-chief, playing competitive soccer with his high school and club teams, and hanging out with his friends.