Cellist Elaine Shin made her first, public, solo performance with the New Seoul Philharmonic at the age of twelve in her home country Korea. After winning the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Korean Music Journal competitions and completing Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in Korea, she moved to the United States to study cello in a more competitive environment. Elaine was principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, right after moving to the United States. In 2007 Elaine was a recipient of the Atlanta Music Federation Award and the Gold Medal in the International Korean Music Competition.
Active both as a performer and a teacher, Elaine was a member of Macon Symphony Orchestra and served on the teaching position for the junior students program of Aspen Music Festival and Innsbrook Music Festival in 2010 and 2012. Elaine has performed throughout Asia, USA and Europe in the prestigious concerts halls of Carnegie Hall in New York, Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Gonfalone Theater in Rome, Italy, Grand Opera House in Macon, Fickling Hall in Macon, Coax Auditorium and LG Arts Center in Seoul with internationally acclaimed artists Robert McDuffie, Robert Spano, Andres Diaz, Christopher Rex, Peter Wiley, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, David Halen, Amy Shwartz Moretti, Elizabeth Pridgen, and Julie Albers.
In 2011 Elaine performed with Mercer University Orchestra under Robert Spano, Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducting. She has participated in Rome (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival studying with Richard Aaron. These days Elaine is a cello faculty at Greater Atlanta Christian School, a substitue cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and teaches privately and frequently performs for solo and chamber music recitals around the city of New York and Atlanta.
Elaine received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Andres Diaz, Julie Albers, and David Geber, founding member of the American String Quartet.