Shin Sihan tijdens de Avond van de GrachtenfestivalPrijs 2020 © Melle Meivogel
Shin Sihan (1994) was only 6 years old when he was taught to play the violin for the first time. After 1,5 year, he became under the wings of Coosje Wijzenbeek and later on with Vera Beths. In 2017, his bachelors degree at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague was rated an A+ for his 'phenomenal virtuosity and phenomenal musicality'. Furtheron he took lessons at a.o. Leonidas Kavakos, Igor Ozim, Pierre Amoyal, Eszter Haffner, Anner Bijlsma, Eberhard Feltz, David Takeno and Jaap van Zweden.
"Shin Sihan attracts excellent musicians and entices them to join him in his musical adventure. Together with them, he creates magical moments and captivates his audience," said the jury.
Artist in Residence
The winner of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs will receive the coveted title of Artist in Residence. Within this residency, the winner will be given the freedom to realize his or her musical dreams during the subsequent edition of the Grachtenfestival. The nomination for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs is an important appreciation for the musicians and with the self-composed concert that they are allowed to give during the festival, this nomination is a prize in itself.
The GrachtenfestivalPrijs is part of the Grachtenfestival's mission to present young, talented musicians to a wide audience. The talents are often invited to play for several years, where they are given a stage appropriate to the stage of their career. The Grachtenfestival challenges the musicians to go off the beaten track and supports them in this. A nomination for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs is an important boost for young musicians in their careers.
Previous Artists in Residence:
Previous winners are: Emmy Storms (violin, 2019), Raoul Steffani (baritone, 2018), Ella van Poucke (cello, 2017), Sophiko Simsive (piano, 2016), Mathieu van Bellen (violin, 2015), Rosanne van Sandwijk ( mezzo-soprano, 2014), Remy van Kesteren (harp, 2013), duo Sax & Stix (saxophone and percussion, 2012), Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano, 2011), Judith van Wanroij (soprano, 2010), duo Bosgraaf and Elias (recorder and guitar, 2009), Lisa Jacobs (violin, 2008) and Ties Mellema (saxophone, 2007).