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Shin Sihan (1994) started on the violin at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Coosje Wijzenbeek at the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam. He continued his study with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where, upon graduation, he was awarded the Fock medal for the highest mark of the year and a distinction for his “phenomenal virtuosity, combined with a phenomenal musicality”. He currently studies with prof. Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin. Shin’s development greatly benefited from the teaching of, among others, Leonidas Kavakos, Eberhard Feltz, Igor Ozim, Pierre Amoyal, Anner Bijlsma and Jaap van Zweden.
He received numerous awards including the Dutch Classical Talent Award, Elisabeth Everts Award and the Kersjes Violin Prize and won prizes at the Oskar Back, Kloster Schöntal and Iordens Violin competitions. Shin performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, The Hague Philharmonic and the Gelders Orchestra. As winner of the Grachtenfestival Prize 2020 Shin will be the Artist in Residence during the 2021 edition of the Grachtenfestival. He also was designated Artist in Residence during the summer festival hosted by the Dutch National Youth Orchestra in 2016.
As a passionate chamber musician he plays regularly with acclaimed artists from all over the world and has appeared at festivals including the International Chambermusic Festival Utrecht, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Gent Festival, Festival Musique de chambre a Giverny, Harmos Festival Porto, and International Festival Campos do Jordão. Together with pianist Yang Yang Cai and cellist Alexander Warenberg he makes up the Amsterdam Piano Trio since 2017. Shin is also a member of the Chianti Ensemble, a group of five musician friends performing highlights of the chamber music repertoire in different combinations, from duo to quintet.
Shin plays a beautiful violin made by Nicolò Amati in 1675, Cremona, graciously given on extended loan by the Caldic Collection.