Violin I (regular substitute)
A native of Taiwan, Wenyi Shih began her violin studies at the age of 8, with her great aunt, Sylvia Lee. Under the tutelage of Lynn Chang, Shih went on to receive her Bachelor of Music from Boston Conservatory on full scholarship. While in the Northeast, Shih performed widely as an orchestral and chamber musician, including regular performances with Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Shih has performed with many of the local orchestras and most recently has been an acting member of San Francisco Opera Orchestra for the last three seasons. Shih is a fixture in the chamber music scene, having performed at the Noontime Concerts Series and Chamber Music Sundaes, to name a few. She has been a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and has performed at the Musicorda and Mendocino Music Festivals.
Shih performs on a rare Carlo Antonio Testore violin, ca. 1740, and a Francois Nicholas Voirin bow. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants and recipes, and practicing her solfège to everything she hears. Shih lives in San Francisco with her husband, Eric Sung, their cat, Muffin, and their multitude of orchids.