Bios – Michael Shih

Michael Shih, violin

Michael Shih, violin

“I am excited and honored to be a part of the Caminos del Inka Ensemble and the Caminos del Inka String Quartet. This project, under the artistic visions of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, has introduced to the world some of the most beautiful, serene, and yet passionate, and dramatic music that I have ever heard. It is music that the world should know, and I have no doubt, it is music that the world will embrace.”

Violinist Michael Shih, concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2001, has performed throughout America and around the world. A United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he was a winner in the Naumburg Violin Competition and Artists International’s Auditions, which led to his New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl, the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Hartford symphony orchestras, the San Pedro Sula Symphony in Honduras, and the Taipei Symphony at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall. In 2007, he gave the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Violin Concerto with the FWSO conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and this critically acclaimed performance was recently released by FWSO Live. An avid performer of chamber music, he has collaborated with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Sharon Isbin, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Tree, and Charles Wadsworth. From 1992 to 2002, he was first violinist of the Whitman Quartet, formerly graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Shouse Debut Artists awards. Music festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, La Jolla, Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Spoleto USA, and Mostly Mozart. He is currently associate artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. He has also appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on NPR’s Performance Today, NBC’s Today Show, and Japan’s NHK Television. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. He was on the violin faculty at the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance in New York City from 1995 to 2001. During the 2004-05 academic year, he was an adjunct instructor in violin at the Texas Christian University. He plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari violin, generously on loan to the FWSO by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Davis of Fort Worth.