Originally from New York, violinist Shelby Yamin received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Grigory Kalinovsky. After moving to San Francisco the following year, she received an Artists Diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ian Swensen. While at the conservatory, Shelby became inspired to explore historical performance and in 2018 received a Professional Studies Degree in Baroque violin at SFCM, studying with the Elizabeth Blumenstock. As a chamber musician, Shelby’s piano trio, Capitoline, was awarded first prize at the Virtuoso e Bel Canto chamber music competition and the Barbara Fritz Competition.
As a soloist, Shelby has performed with the Symphony Caritas, the Rockland Symphony, the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music baroque ensemble among others.
She can be heard playing with the Cicada Chamber Players on composer Lei Liang’s 2014 album, Bamboo Lights, violinist Ray Chen's recording from 2014, Mozart, of sonatas and concertos with the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival orchestra, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ 40th anniversary CD (2018).
Shelby is a member of the Monterey and Santa Barbara Symphonies and has enjoyed teaching students of all ages throughout the bay area.
She is currently a Suzuki certified teacher, and is pursuing a graduate degree in historical performance from the Juilliard School in New York.