Sep 16, 2013
07:37 AM
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Juilliard Grad, Violinist Mina Um, Returns to Simsbury for Monday Concert

Juilliard Grad, Violinist Mina Um, Returns to Simsbury for Monday Concert

Mina Um.

After changing instruments and countries in one momentous year at the tender age of 10, Mina Um discovered a talent that would shape the rest of her life.

Um began playing the piano at age three in her native South Korea. A friend of hers who played the violin always got solos in performances, and Um decided she wanted a solo of her own. However, solos weren’t available to pianists. That was all it took for her to switch instruments.

“I wanted to be a pianist until I heard violin,” said Um. “[It was] just the sound.”

On Monday Sept. 16, Um will make her Simsbury debut at Eno Memorial Hall. She will perform an hour long show starting at 6:30 p.m. The program called, “Let’s Time-Travel to Europe,” is free and open to the public.

She took a few lessons in South Korea before her family decided to move to America. They settled in Simsbury, which is where Um got serious about her new instrument.

“When we moved, I lost about a year with getting used to a new country and finding a teacher,” said Um. “I was back to zero, and had to start all over.”

She began taking lessons at The Hartt School in West Hartford, and bumped up her practice schedule to at least five hours a day - a routine she still tries to maintain.

After graduating from Simsbury High School, Um went on to attend The Juilliard School in New York for her undergraduate degree. This past year, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.

While at school, Um was an active performer. According to a press release, Um was a regular performer at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has performed with Nicki Minaj on CBS’s “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Over the last three years, Um has created a series of interactive performances in New York City health care facilities.

All of those performances contributed to Um being offered an opportunity to pursue her Master’s degree at Juilliard this fall. The only problem was that her full scholarship, which she had maintained all the way through her undergraduate years, was dropped for this year.

See the full story at The Farmington Valley Times online.

 

Juilliard Grad, Violinist Mina Um, Returns to Simsbury for Monday Concert

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