The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician


The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed Hyobi Sim as its new violist, alongside new oboist Barbara Bishop. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School, Sim first came to the attention of the Minnesota-based ensemble during a New York recruiting drive in 2013.

‘Hyobi and Barbara were extremely impressive throughout the intensive audition and trial process,’ said Saint Paul senior director of artistic planning Kyu-Young Kim. ‘Because of the small intimate nature of our ensemble, it is even more crucial that each and every member can step up with a solo line, blend harmoniously into the section, play chamber music on the highest level, and inspire their colleagues. Both of these wonderful musicians have demonstrated that they can deliver on all of these accounts in spades and we are delighted to welcome them to the SPCO family.’

An active chamber musician, Sim has performed with the Curtis on Tour Ensemble and with such musicians as Ida Kavafian, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Pamela Frank, and Roger Tapping.

Earlier this year the SPCO named violinist Pekka Kuusisto its artistic partner, joining violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Thomas Zehetmair.