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(DAYTON OH - May 23, 2013) Centerville High School student Matthew Shin was named winner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra David L. Pierson Young Musicians’ Concerto Competition. The competition was held on Saturday, May 11 at Sinclair Community College and judged by DPO Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman. 

Matthew, a 17-year-old high school junior, earns the opportunity to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at a Young People’s concert during the upcoming season. He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance in the fall of 2014.

“This competition helps me to understand and prepare for being a professional musician,” said Shin. “Winning this competition proves to me the value of consistent diligence and focus, qualities I plan to retain as I move forward in my career.”

Currently, Matthew is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the direction of Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus. He studies with Alan Rafferty, cellist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Previously, he studied with Andra Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 2011 and 2012, Matthew attended the Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Melissa Kraut and Hans Jørgen Jensen. He will return to Meadowmount this year to study with Clive Greensmith and Jeffrey Solow. In 2010, he attended Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied with Jeffrey Lastrapes. Matthew has played with the Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. 

Matthew has been featured on WDPR-FM Classical 88.1 as a winner of the 2012 Young Talent Search. He was the first place national winner of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Joyce Walsh Award and the 2nd place winner of the 2013 NFMC Mary Alice Cox Award

Auditions for the competition were held this spring for area high school students in grades 10-12 for piano, strings, woodwinds and brass. Each contestant must be a member of a high school music group (band or orchestra) and remain a member of this group during the upcoming school year. Exceptions are made for piano students or for students in schools where no such music programs exist. The $500 cash prize is provided by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

Matthew lives in Centerville with parents Kent and Kelley Shin, younger sister Rosemary and labra doodle Moxie Jay. Older brother Darren is a performer with the Disney Dream cruise ship.
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