Hyung-Sun Paik joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section in 1980. Before coming to Toronto, she played first violin in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Paik came to the United States at the age of 19 to study with Eudice Shapiro at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation from USC, she went to Indiana University and received her Master’s Degree in Music under the tutelage of the distinguished Professor Josef Gingold. While working on her Master’s degree, she was also an Associate Instructor of violin at Indiana University.
Ms. Paik has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Korea, the United States, and Canada. She has experienced success in her career as a soloist, symphony member, and chamber musician, and notably, as a private violin teacher. She is proud of her past and present students, many of whom are prominent violinists. She plays a rare violin by Petrus Guarnerius of Mantua, Italy, made in 1693.
Ms. Paik enjoys many physical activities such as walking, swimming, biking, and golfing. Aside from her love of music, she enjoys good food and good company. Ms. Paik has two grown children, Paul and Elise, and a Yorkshire terrier, “Wolfy,” named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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