Honolulu-born violinist Patrick T.S. Yim has performed throughout the world at venues 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.

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, and Asia Plus Radio.

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), 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 nearly two 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, 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 S.C. Van Fonden, Ebb and Flow Arts, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation.

Yim has 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 at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, University of Colorado at Boulder, Central Michigan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Education University of Hong Kong, 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, 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.”

He is a graduate with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of William Preucil and David Updegraff and was twice awarded the First Prize at the Institute’s Darius 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 Hagai Shaham, Jennifer Frautschi, and Philip Setzer, and chamber music with the Emerson Quartet.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at HKBU.



Release Date: January 10, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6268
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
The music on MEMORY, the Navona Records debut by acclaimed violinist Patrick Yim, is linked together by the themes of memory, culture, and identity. The album’s title track was composed by the Chinese-born composer Chen Yi who searched for a harmonious marriage of centuries-old Western and Chinese musical traditions as she remembered her beloved violin teacher, Lin Yaoji. In the liner notes for this bittersweet and poignant piece, the composer addresses her mentor directly, saying “…I expressed my deep sorrow in the music, to remember your fatherly mentorship.”