Zia Shin is a violinist representing South Korea, who has astounded the world through her international accomplishments, without studying abroad.
In 2008, Zia Shin expanded her domestic and international career by winning four prestigious awards at the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, which is a world-renown international classical music competition in France, namely the “First Great Prize of Académie des Beaux-Arts,” the “Prize of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,” the “Prize of the Prince Albert II of Monaco,” as well as “Prize of the Students of the Paris Conservatories.”
While in the midst of over 100 global performances in Japan, all Asia, and other foreign countries, Shin continued to challenge herself and ultimately received the “Count de Launoit Prize (Third Place)” at the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium, which is considered as one of the most prestigious competitions for instrumentalists.
Starting 2012, Shin further showed her tenaciousness by making an important decision to change her Korean name from ‘Hyun Su Shin’ to ‘Zia Shin’ in order to make her name more easily pronounceable for her international audiences and with a global outreach in mind.
Zia Shin started playing the violin at the age of four, and upon graduating with honors from both Jeonju Middle School and High School for the Arts, in 2004, she was admitted early to Korea National University of Arts Preparatory School as a music prodigy. Since her elementary age, Shin participated in the Education for Art Prodigies Program at Korea National University of Arts, under the guidance of violinist and Professor Nam-Yoon Kim.