Violinist Patricia Shih is recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent musicians as soloist, chamber musician and first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet.
Born in Vancouver, she made her first public debut at the age of 5 performing the Bach Violin Concerto in Bellingham, WA. At 14, Patricia became a pupil of the legendary Josef Gingold at Indiana University. He was both mentor and teacher, describing Patricia as “one of the greatest talents that I have ever taught. Her great technique, inborn musicianship, sense of style and virtuosity are unequalled.”
Patricia has appeared worldwide as soloist and recitalist in major halls including Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York performing the Wieniawski Concerto No. 1 at age 15. The same year, she won the Special prize at the Wieniawski International Competition in Poland. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sylva Gelber Award for the most outstanding young Canadian musician and the Mozarteum prize in Salzburg. Patricia has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Toronto, Singapore and Seattle Symphonies, National Orchestra of Mexico, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Polish National Radio Orchestra. Her DVD of Vitali’s Chaconne was featured on the Classic FM Channel across Europe. Recently, a half-hour documentary on Patricia’s career was televised on the Biography Channel across North America.
Since 2001, Patricia went on to realize one of her greatest passions, becoming the first violinist of the Borealis Quartet. As quartet in residence at UBC for ten years and as visiting scholars at Cecil Green College, the Borealis has taught and given lectures and masterclasses worldwide. A former pupil of Josef Gingold, Rostislav Dubinsky and Denes Zsigmondy, Patricia has been a sessional lecturer at UBC and is currently in residence and on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University with the Borealis.