Jinshil Yi is an avid collaborative pianist in high demand throughout the Tacoma-Seattle area. She has appeared in concerts with Northwest Sinfonietta Artistic Partner David Lockington, pianist Duane Hulbert, soprano Christina Kowalski, baritone Ryan Bede, and mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula. Praised for her “expressive, lyrical playing” and “exquisite sound,” Jinshil has delighted audiences with her piano performances on many stages throughout the years. In 2010, as a student at Puget Sound, Jinshil won the Concerto-Aria competition and performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor with the University symphony orchestra the following spring. She was chosen as finalist for the Beatrice Hermann competition the next year, and her piano trio, Trio Consonare, was invited on a full-tuition basis for two consecutive years to perform and participate in the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festivals hosted by the Alexander String Quartet in San Francisco, CA.
In 2016, she was invited to serve as staff accompanist at the University of Puget Sound, working extensively with the acclaimed Adelphian Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Dorians, and Chorale. Jinshil continues to perform regularly with Puget Sound School of Music choral ensembles as a staff pianist. In 2016 and 2017, Jinshil joined the Adelphians as their annual concert tour pianist, both in the US and in Canada. In April 2017, Jinshil made her debut on the Second City Chamber Music concert series. Both her solo and collaborative playing have been broadcast on the radio, most recently on 98.1 King FM’s Northwest Focus Live following a concert tour of western Washington.
A heartfelt sacred music enthusiast, Jinshil loves expressing her faith through her long-time work as pianist and organist for two churches in Lakewood, Washington. In addition to serving as a staff pianist for Tacoma Youth Chorus, Jinshil regularly partners with numerous other schools, choirs, and private music studios for music festivals, concerts, competitions, and solo recitals. She is also active in the arts community of Tacoma and Pierce County, singing in the Symphony Tacoma Chorus and serving as the Managing Director for the Second City Chamber Series.
An eager and dedicated scholar, Jinshil holds three degrees cum laude from the University of Puget Sound in Music, Biochemistry, and Politics and Government. During her years at Puget Sound, she founded and led three student organizations (Model United Nations, Math Society, and the Pianist’s Guild). In 2015, she presented an academic paper on Brahms and Ives at a regional American Musicological Society Meeting (“ ‘Feldeinsamkeit’: Beyond Emulation, the Challenge to Equal or Surpass”). Her wide-ranging academic interests and endeavors have caused her to be elected to the All-Washington Academic Team and to the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.