Cellist Pitnarry Shin has been praised in Strad magazine for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations in her New York debut recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall. She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and her native Korea and has performed as soloist with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, the Kunsan Philharmonic, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
She has also appeared at many of the leading international festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Edinburgh and Dartington Festivals (England), Colmar and Evian Festivals (France), Banff Festival (Canada), and the Piatigorsky Seminar. Pitnarry was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Germany, which allowed her to participate and perform in several European festivals such as the Manchester Festival, the Kronberg Festival, and the Ensemble InterContemporain Summer Festival, where she played solo cello under Pierre Boulez. In addition Ms. Shin has served as guest co-principal cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra and as acting principal of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the New York Philharmonic, most recently on their historic tour to North Korea, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Pitnarry was a member of the Minnesota Orchestra from 2001 to 2006 and returned as a full-time member in 2012. She received her musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University Music School, where she received the Aldo Parisot-Yo Yo Ma Prize upon graduation, and Stony Brook University Music School. Pitnarry is married to Kyu-Young Kim, Principal Second Violinist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. They have two young children.