Shirin Lim

  • Time at ASO 31 years
  • Instrument Violin
  • Position Principal - 1st Violin
Shirin Lim

Shirin Lim is currently Principal 1st Violin of the Adelaide Symphony, a position she has held since 1990.

Born in Singapore, she moved to Adelaide as a young child, where she completed her schooling, and university education.

On completion of studies with Ronald Woodcock at the University of Adelaide and obtaining a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, she was awarded a “German Academic Exchange Service” (DAAD) scholarship for three consecutive years, to pursue studies with Professor Tibor Varga at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany, where she completed the Reifeprüfung diploma.

During this time she was also able to take part in several masterclasses, courses, and competitions, including Prussia Cove with Sandor Vegh, the Carl Flesch Akademie in Baden Baden with Rainer Kussmaul, Bahnhof Rolandseck with Pinchas Zukerman and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as lessons from the members of the Amadeus Quartet and Samuel Rhodes of the Julliard Quartet.

Shirin worked as a substitute player in the Landestheater Orchester Detmold while studying in Germany. From 1984 – 1987 she was also a regular member of the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, Detmold, in the role of Principal 2nd Violin for much of the time. She also took part in the Tibor Varga Festival Orchestra in Sion, as well as in festivals in Germany, France and Switzerland.

In 1987 Shirin was invited by Professor Varga to teach in Portugal as his full-time assistant.  Set up by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture this new school, the “Centro de Formaçao dos Instrumentistas do Arco” (C.F.I.A.) aimed to advance string and orchestral playing in that country

Shirin has tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and at schools in the Adelaide area as well as in Sydney. She also teaches privately.

Click here to read a Q&A with Shirin

Shirin is supported by Bob Croser via our Musical Chairs program.


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