Honolulu-born violinist Patrick T.S. Yim has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist throughout the world, including performances in Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall (New York), Seoul Arts Center, Harpa Concert Hall (Reykjavík), Hong Kong City Hall, Severance Hall (Cleveland), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), and the Musikverein (Vienna).
He made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony after winning the Honolulu Symphony Concerto Competition. In recent years, he has performed concerti of Bach, Brahms, Bruch, Mozart, and Lalo. He has performed in the violin sections of the Hawaii Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, among others. He joined The Cleveland Orchestra on tours to New York City, Chicago, Bloomington, Iowa City, Miami, and major cities in Europe, including Paris, Milan, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne, Munich, and Vienna.
Yim has performed chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, St. Lawrence, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and principal players from the Shanghai Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also performed at festivals in Canada (Banff and Toronto Summer Music Festival), China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, South Korea, and throughout the United States, including a recent performance in Carnegie Hall with members of the Emerson Quartet.
As Guest Music Director of the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, he collaborated with world-renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man and performed concerts at the Hong Kong City Hall as violin soloist and conductor.
Yim has commissioned more than a dozen works and performed the works around the world at world-class museum galleries (Hong Kong Museum of History and the National Museum of Denmark), concert halls (Seoul Arts Center; Sheung Wan Civic Center and Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong; Goethe Institut in Kolkata, India; Arts Rotunda at the American University of Sharjah, UAE; Bactria Cultural Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Grusin Hall at the University of Colorado, Boulder), and as part of international music festivals (2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the 2019 Flatirons Chamber Music Festival (Boulder, CO, USA), the 2019 Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany) and the New Music for Strings Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland).)
He has performed world premieres at festivals in the United States and Europe, and he recently curated a series of concerts related to the Silk Road at the Hong Kong Museum of History for which he commissioned and premiered new works for solo violin by Michael-Thomas Foumai (Honolulu), Austin Yip (Hong Kong), and Yao Chen (Beijing). He has performed with the Contemporary Chamber Players (New York) and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. In 2018, he commissioned and premiered two new works with Juilliard Quartet violinist Joel Smirnoff.
Yim has taught violin and chamber music and presented lectures at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Stony Brook University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, the Rushmore Music Festival, and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany). He has taught masterclasses and workshops in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China.
He is a graduate with honors of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of David Updegraff and William Preucil and was awarded the First Prize at the Institute’s Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition for two consecutive years. At CIM, he studied chamber music with the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he studied violin with Philip Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi, and Hagai Shaham, and chamber music with the Emerson Quartet.
Yim was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of State for his “outstanding musical performance on May 4, 2019 in Dushanbe, which contributed directly to the development of diplomatic and cultural ties between the United States and Tajikistan.”
He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University.
他曾以 Collegium Musicum Hong Kong 客席音樂總監的身份，與世界著名琵琶演奏家吳蠻合作，並曾於香港大會堂演出及擔任小提琴獨奏與指揮。
嚴天成曾為多首音樂作世界首演。除在美國及歐洲各地音樂節首演之外，他於香港歷史博物館策劃以絲綢之路為主題的系列音樂會，委約及首演由 Michael-Thomas Foumai (檀香山)、葉浩堃(香港)、姚晨(北京)等作曲家創作的小提琴獨奏作品。他時常與 Contemporary Chamber Players (紐約)及香港創樂團演出現代音樂。
嚴天成於克里夫蘭音樂學院取得榮譽音樂學士及音樂碩士，師隨著名小提琴家 David Updegraff 及 William Preucil 教授，並師隨卡梵尼弦樂四重奏及來自克里夫蘭弦樂四重奏的 Peter Salaff 學習室樂，曾連續兩屆奪得該學院 Darius Milhaud 大賽冠軍。隨後於美國紐約州立石溪大學取得音樂藝術博士學位，師隨著名小提琴家 Philip Setzer、Jennifer Frautschi 及 Hagai Shaham 教授習琴，並師隨艾默森弦樂四重奏學習室樂。