Danny Yehun Jin ('23) Joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The prize-winning Curtis alumnus has been appointed assistant principal second violin by music director emeritus for life, Riccardo Muti

Curtis congratulates Danny Yehun Jin (’23), who has been named assistant principal second violin of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jin joins the world-renowned orchestra alongside five new members: Mark Almond, principal horn; Justin Vibbard, principal librarian; and three bass players, Ian Hallas (who officially joined the CSO during its 2023 Ravinia residency), Alexander Horton, and Andrew Sommer.

Mr. Jin began studying the violin at age three and made his debut with the Seoul Royal Symphony as a soloist at age nine. After studying at the Korean National University of Arts and the Korean National School for the Gifted in Arts, he received his bachelor’s degree at Curtis as a Sandra G. and David G. Marshall Fellow, where he was a student of Ida Kavafian and Erin Keefe.

In the school’s 2022–23 season and during its West Coast Tour this past spring, Mr. Jin served as co-concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He also served as concertmaster of the Music Academy of the West Orchestra in the summer of 2023. In addition to chamber music and orchestral solo performances (including guest appearances with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra), Mr. Jin is a prizewinner of several violin competitions, including the Menuhin Competition Beijing.

Read the official statement about Mr. Jin’s appointment HERE.

Banner image of Danny Yehun Jin courtesy of Nichole MCH Photography. Portrait and performance shot of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Osmo Vänskä at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Barbara, California, by Zoart Photography.

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