A violinist of Pacific Symphony since 2009, Shelly Shi is also a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. In addition, she also performs with the San Diego Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Shi was a tenured member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas for six years before relocating to Southern California.
A native of China, Shi studied at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from age 9. At the age of 16, she was awarded a scholarship to come to the United States to study violin at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica with Prof. Abram Shtern. She later earned a bachelor’s degree and certificate of advanced studies in violin performance with a full scholarship from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Professor Alice Shoenfeld.
In addition to maintaining a private violin studio, Shelly Shi has an active recording and live performance presence. Highlights include an appearance in the movie The Soloist with the LA Philharmonic and live appearances with Elton John, Michael Bublé, John Legend and Earth Wind and Fire.
An advocate for music education, Shi has worked with students of the Orange County School of the Arts and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is also actively involved with several education programs through the Pacific Symphony, including Strings for Generations, Santa Ana Strings and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.