Praised for his “superb performances” (Fanfare Magazine), Honolulu-born violinist Patrick T.S. Yim has performed on stages around the world, including 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).
Yim made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony and in recent years has performed concerti of Bach, Brahms, Bruch, Lalo, Mozart, and Vivaldi. He has performed chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, St. Lawrence, Pacifica, Ying Quartets, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, principal players from the Shanghai Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.
Recent chamber music highlights include a performance in Carnegie Hall with members of the Emerson Quartet as part of the New Music for Strings Festival, a collaboration with world-renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra led from the concertmaster chair, and a collaboration with Juilliard Quartet violinist Joel Smirnoff involving the premieres of two newly commissioned works.
A NAXOS album of music by American composers George Tsontakis, Sebastian Currier, Nathan Currier, and Chen Yi, including three world premiere recordings, is scheduled for release in July 2022. His debut CD, Memory, released in 2020 on Navona Records features world premiere recordings of works by Chen Yi, Michael-Thomas Foumai, Austin Yip, Kai-Young Chan, and Yao Chen, and has been broadcast internationally. He commissioned and recorded two solo violin works by Angel Lam and Fung Lam for the Freespace Mixtape Vol. 3 – a project of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. He has also been featured on Hawaii Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, RTHK (Hong Kong), and Asia Plus Radio. He has also recorded for Ravello and Acis.
Yim has performed at international festivals in Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, South Korea, and throughout the United States, including the Banff Music Residency, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music, Lincoln Center Festival, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New Music for Strings Festival (Denmark/Iceland/USA), Flatirons Chamber Music Festival (USA), Rushmore Music Festival (USA), the New Vision Arts Festival (HK), French May Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Taiwan International Festival of Arts.
He has performed in the violin sections of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Hawaii Symphony, 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.
In his extensive work with contemporary music, Yim has commissioned 29 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, including the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the 2019 Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, the 2019 Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival and the New Music for Strings Festival (Iceland). He has also performed with the Contemporary Chamber Players (New York) and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
In collaboration with the Hong Kong Museum of History, Yim curated a series of performances related to the Silk Road that involved the premieres of newly commissioned works for solo violin. His performances have been generously supported by grants from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, S.C. Van Fonden, Ebb and Flow Arts, and the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation.
Yim was Assistant Professor of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2017-2021. He also taught violin and chamber music at 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. He presented lectures and masterclasses at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Oklahoma, Central Michigan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. He has served as an external examiner at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has taught masterclasses and workshops in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Brazil, India, Tajikistan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China.
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.”
Yim graduated with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM, MM) where he was a student of William Preucil and David Updegraff and was twice awarded the First Prize at the Milhaud Performance Prize Competition. 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 performs as a core member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
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。