Faculty Profiles

Soh-Hyun Park Altino

Soh-Hyun Park Altino, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music (Violin)

On Faculty since 2021


Violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino is highly regarded as a gifted teacher and a versatile performer of solo and chamber music. Lauded for her “poise and precision,” her engagements have taken her to Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Korea, Venezuela and throughout the United States, and to festivals such as Festival de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, Academy y Festival Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela, Masterworks Festival, and Brevard Music Center, where she has collaborated with many renowned chamber musicians.

Newly appointed to Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Altino served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received the Phillip R. Certain-Gary D. Sandefur Distinguished Faculty Award and the Vilas Associates research grant and taught for fourteen years at the University of Memphis. The experiences and insights she gained from the overuse injuries during her student years have continually fueled her passion and inquisitiveness for teaching. Deeply committed to teacher training and continuing education, she has presented professional development sessions and clinics for violin teachers and their students, including a talk, “Uncovering Tales of Violinist’s Left-Hand Technique,” at a recent ASTA National Conference.

A native of Korea, Altino grew up in a musical family. At age sixteen, she came to the U.S. and studied with Violaine Melançon at the Peabody Institute where she also developed a keen interest in music theory. Her major chamber music coaches include Anne Epperson and the members of the Peabody Trio and the Juilliard, Concord, Cavani, and Cleveland Quartets. She completed her bachelor’s, master’s and the doctor of musical arts degrees in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student and teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein. Her recent research activities include her trailblazing work in interpreting Korean traditional sanjo on the violin and promoting new compositions with roots in the traditional music. 

Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance, 2002 Cleveland Institute of Music
Major professor: Donald Weilerstein
Chamber music coaches: Peter Salaff, Anne Epperson, Carolyn Warner, Cavani Quartet

Master of Music in Violin Performance, 1998 Cleveland Institute of Music
Major professor: Donald Weilerstein
Chamber music coaches: Peter Salaff, Cavani Quartet
Master classes: Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Shlomo Mintz, Abram Loft, Arthur Rowe, Raphael Trio

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, 1996 Cleveland Institute of Music
Major professor: Donald Weilerstein
Intensive Quartet Seminar with the Cavani Quartet

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Major professor: Violaine Melançon
Chamber music coaches: Earl Carlyss, Seth Knopp
Master classes: Josef Gingold, Ani Kavafian, Eric Friedman, Aaron Rosand

Amy Beach: Romance for violin and piano

Embracing Different Sounds: Lessons Learned from Playing Korean Sanjo: Lecture & World Premiere

Rebecca Clarke: Midsummer Moon for violin and piano