Flutist Jihoon Shin was born in 1987 in Seoul, South Korea. At age 11, she started playing the flute and already in her age of 12, she won major junior music competitions in Korea such as ‘Chosun daily newspaper music competition’ and ‘Music Journal Competition’.
Afterwards her competition achievements increased with her ‘2nd prize at Deutschehochschulwettbewerb’ in 2004, ‘Special prize at Kobe international flute competition’ in 2006, followed by ‘1st prize at Friedrich Kuhlau international flute competition’ in 2006. Going further she won ‘1st prize at Flute meeting international flute competition’ in 2007 and a ‘Special prize at Jean-Pierre Rampal international flute competition’ in 2008. She also won ‘1st prize and the best performer of the commissioned piece prize at NFA young artist competition’ in 2011. Jihoon was announced as the 1st prize winner of Severino Gazzelloni international flute competition in 2013.
She began studying the flute with Professor Soyoung Lee (Former principal flutist at Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra) in South Korea at age of 11. Later she went to Austria in 2002, Feldkirch landeskonservatorium to study with Professor Karl-Heinz Schütz (Principal flutist at Wiener Philharmoniker) with his proposal of studying abroad.
After one year of study with Professor Schütz, she began her bachelor degree in 2003, at Stuttgart Musikhochschule in Germany, with professor Jean- Claude Gerard. In 2007, she graduated Stuttgart Musikhochschule with Suma-Cum-Laude and went to Yale University in America for her Master’s degree work with professor Ransom Wilson.
After her graduation at Yale University, she entered SUNY Stony Brook to pursue her Doctorate degree in Musical Arts with professor Carol Wincenc, but because of her recent winning position at the Orchestra Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Italy, she moved back to Europe in 2012.
While she was playing as the principal flute player at the orchestra of Accademia del Teatro alla scala, she began her Konzertexamen degree at Stuttgart Musikhochschule with Professor Davide Formisano (Former principal flutist at Teatro alla Scala in Italy), and has successfully finished her study in February 2015 with cum laude.
Before her orchestral career with Accademia del Teatro alla scala, she did many substitute works as a principal flute player at Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and Albany Symphony Orchestra in USA. As a section flute player, she played at numerous concerts with Albany Symphony Orchestra and KBS Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006, she was selected as Villa Musica Ensemble member in Germany and participated actively until 2008. In 2013, she got the second flute position in Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Ever since then she was invited numerous times as guest principal flutist at Seoul Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
She played many solo concerts with such as Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Russian Volgograd chamber orchestra, Madri chamber ensemble, and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous recitals in Korea, Germany, Greece, Italy and America.
Ms. Shin is also playing a volunteer recitals every summer for Gangwon province children who live at the location where it is hard to get any cultural advantage. During her time at Yale University, she taught New Haven Public School students in Music in Schools Program of Yale School of Music. She was also invited as a main faculty member of Yale Morse Summer Music Camp in the summer of 2010 and 2011. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited as a faculty member of Falaut Campus and launched her first CD with Falaut.
Other than this, she was invited for Masterclass and Recital in Nazarje, Slovenia and Tenerife, Spain in 2015-2016. Ms. Shin was also one of the main scholarship student of Gang-won province government in Korea from 2003-2013.
Currently Ms. Shin is a flute player at Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and she teaches masterclasses around the world and plays many concerts as a soloist as well as a chamber musician.