Leena Shin

Freshman Virtuoso
Last month, freshman cellist Leena Shin earned first prize honors in both the International Virtuoso and International Maestro Competitions sponsored by Concert Artists International.

Shin submitted a video featuring her solo performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major for the Junior Artists (Grades 7-9) category and was notified last week she had won first prize in both competitions. Music is one of her great passions, and she credits the SJC strings program with helping her continue the development of her musical artistry. “The strings program at SJC is inviting and innovative. It is my place to relax, learn from each other and express my emotions through music. Mr. Douglass gives us a great selection of music that makes us work hard and play as an ensemble. I really enjoy how he introduces new musical concepts and helps us think outside the box of the typical classical canon of music.”

SJC Director of Strings and Orchestra Programs Scott Douglass was impressed with Shin the moment he met her. “Leena has a tremendous future ahead of her. She is not only very talented and hard-working, but also genuinely enthusiastic about making music.”

Winners from the Virtuoso Competition will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 15, whereas winners from the Maestro Competition will perform at The Mansion at Strathmore on Feb. 19. Shin looks forward to both performances, but she is particularly excited about appearing at Carnegie Hall. “Playing at the world-famous Carnegie Hall is humbling. I am so excited to have my solo performance in the same hall where the ‘greats’ such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Yo-Yo Ma and Judy Garland have performed.”

Shin performs with her own string quartet outside of school and will play the solo cello part for the SJC spring musical, The Spitfire Grill.

Freshman cello player Leena Shin has just received some great news, she earned first prize as a Junior Artist (grades 7-9) in the International Virtuoso Competition and the first prize in the International Maestro Competition. Both awards are sponsored by Concert Artists International.