Flutist Jihoon Shin ’09MM won the 33rd annual Young Artist Competition of the National Flute Association. She also won the prize for best performance of the newly commissioned work. The competition for outstanding flutists was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A jury selected 25 preliminary round competitors on the basis of their recorded qualifying rounds. The judges selected six semifinalists from the live preliminary auditions to compete at the 2011 convention and then chose three finalists to appear in a convention recital.
The judges awarded cash prizes to the finalists of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000. As the first-prize winner, Ms. Shin will be presented by the NFA in a performance at its 2012 convention.
Flutist Jihoon Shin, from Seoul, South Korea, earned her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ransom Wilson. Her other principal teachers have included SoYoung Lee, Karl-Heinz Schütz, and Jean-Claude Gerard. She has won first prizes in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and Volos Flute Meeting International Competition” in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and was also an award winner at the Seventh Kobe International Flute Competition (2005) and Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition (2008). As an international solo artist, Ms. Shin has performed with the Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid Chamber Ensemble, and Volgograd Soloists Orchestra. She has also performed numerous recitals throughout South Korea, Europe, and the United States.