Shinae Ra


Fayetteville, North Carolina

Indiana University 21′ BM
The Juilliard School 23′ MM

Carolee and John Hayes Chair

Shinae has studied with Emanuel Gruber and Peter Stumpf before studying with Natasha Brofsky at Juilliard. Among many accomplishments, she served as the principal cellist of IU symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra for two years and has won coveted prizes at many competitions including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Hilton Head Symphony Young Artist Competition. Shinae loves to cook and bake in her free time.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I used to play wind quintets with my family (we were actually a thing were people invited us to come play) playing the basson part on the cello.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Steve Reich, Johannes Brahms

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love to bake and take naps; I also like to play the piano if it’s literal break during practice sessions.

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
Playing music in the nature and playing so many wonderful repertoire both new and old 🙂 Just the fact that I’ll be playing in an orchestra all summer is exciting!