Shane Kim


Shane Kim

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Instrument(s): Violin

Age you began playing: 9

Year you joined the TSO: 2012

Why did you choose to be a professional musician? Everybody in the world feels something when they listen to music. It is a privilege to be a part of this universal language.

Most memorable experience performing with the TSO: Performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman, in September 2013. He is somebody I idolized growing up. I had never had the opportunity to share the stage with him before.

What is interesting to you about working in an orchestra? I find interesting the combination of youth and experience, blending together to create our interpretation of the music.

Who are your favourite musicians in any genre? Carlos Kleiber (conductor) and Stephane Grappelli (jazz violinist).

If you were not a full-time musician, what would you be? I would probably be a computer software designer...and a part-time musician.

What do you enjoy doing most when you’re not on stage? I enjoy playing board games with my wife.

Musician Biography

Shane Kim joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2012. His prior positions include Principal Violin of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and seven seasons as a replacement violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured Europe extensively.

Mr. Kim has performed chamber music at the Ravinia Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, and the Encuentro de Musica in Santander, Spain. He has also performed with the Amici Chamber Ensemble, the Bakken Trio, and the Isles Ensemble, and has appeared as Concertmaster with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as at the festivals of Aspen and Spoleto-Charleston.

Shane Kim received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with noted pedagogue David Zafer, and chamber music with Lorand Fenyves. Mr. Kim continued his studies at the Yale School of Music with Peter Oundjian and the Tokyo String Quartet. Other important teachers include Paul Kantor, Gerard Kantarjian, and TSO violinist Mi-Hyon Kim.

Read about and listen to some of the music that influenced Shane Kim on the TSO Tumblr.

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