鋼琴家│林 易

 

美籍台裔鋼琴家林易為當今極具魅力與想像力的青年鋼琴家,紐約時報曾誇讚他「在絕妙的明暗對比及力度變化的細微處理下無瑕地演奏。」,曾獲得2012年美國音樂會藝術家協會音樂大賽大獎、2013年范‧克萊本鋼琴大賽評審團主席特別獎,2014年5月更獲得魯賓斯坦國際大師賽銀牌獎的肯定,並獲得許多在以色列與世界各地的演出邀約。

2015-16樂季一開始,林易即於韓國迪托音樂節與在西班牙加那利群島舉行的莊園世界鋼琴音樂節演出、沃夫茲堡交響樂團與音樂總監哈斯‧貝多雅的協奏曲合作演出,以及在2015年七月下旬美國公共電視網首播的克萊本大賽紀錄片中登場。本樂季林易在美國的重要獨奏會包括在卡內基音樂廳(贊克爾廳)的獨奏會首演、比佛利山的安納伯格表演藝術中心。於北美的焦點協奏曲演出包括三場與堪薩斯城市交響樂團的合作,以及與紐約青年交響樂團在卡內基音樂廳大廳的合作演出。

本樂季中,林易於亞洲演出邀約頻繁,包括台灣獨奏會巡迴、於上海等地舉行的四場中國獨奏會,以及與韓國迪托室內樂團於韓國及中國的多場巡迴演出。他亦返回以色列與以色列貝爾謝小交響樂團的協奏曲演出,以及與台灣長榮交響樂團、台北市立交響樂團、國立台灣交響樂團、西澳大利亞交響樂團的協奏曲演出。

林易從小即展現音樂天賦,並進入敦化國小音樂班就讀,10歲時獲得全額獎學金至茱莉亞音樂學院先修班,跟隨卡普林斯基教授學習。在校期間2度贏得茱莉亞音樂學院先修班鋼琴比賽,更在13歲時與紐約愛樂合作演出,首度站上知名的費雪廳舞台。除此之外他也曾與紐澤西交響樂團、巴爾的摩交響樂團、圖爾沙交響樂團、奧蘭多愛樂與仙台交響樂團等樂團合作。亦曾於美國全國公共廣播電台、紐約古典音樂電台WQXR等廣播登場。

林易對音樂的廣泛興趣使得他悠遊於協奏曲、獨奏會與室內樂演出,曾登上世界幾個重要的音樂場館演出,如法國羅浮宮與柯爾托廳、愛爾蘭國立都柏林廳、韓國首爾藝術中心、日本仙台藝術中心、美國紐約費雪廳。近期獨奏會首演包括卡內基音樂廳威爾廳、甘迺迪中心、吉摩爾新星系列、國家蕭邦基金會獨奏會。近期參與的音樂節包括亞斯本室內樂音樂工作坊(由大衛·芬寇與吳菡所主持),以及由國際知名小提琴家林昭亮策劃的拉荷亞夏季音樂節。

不只是獲得美國音樂會藝術家協會音樂大賽大獎,2012年可說是林易最重要的一年,同年他在威廉‧卡佩爾國際鋼琴大賽、茱莉亞音樂院的希納巴考爾鋼琴比賽中獲獎,並在希爾頓海德國際鋼琴大賽中破紀錄的奪得三座獎項,表彰他在巴洛克、當代音樂的卓越表現,以及他的整體表現。

林易在茱莉亞音樂學院取得學士與碩士學位,師事勞勃‧麥當勞與馬堤‧萊卡里歐,2015年獲美國寇蒂斯音樂院演奏家文憑 (師事勞勃‧麥當勞)。閒暇之餘林易也是美國職籃的熱衷者。

 

Steven Lin, Pianist

Taiwanese American pianist Steven Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “…immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics,” and his growing list of awards features the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  In May 2014, his dynamic playing at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and internationally. 

Mr. Lin begins the 2015-16 season with summer performances at Korea’s DITTO Festival and The Finca World Piano Festival in the Canary Islands, and a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony and Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya. Plus, he is also featured prominently in the Cliburn Competition documentary film, Virtuosity, which premieres on PBS in late July 2015.  His featured US recital engagements in 2015-16 include his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall (co-presented by CAG and the Rubinstein Foundation), and the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills.  Mr. Lin’s North American concerto highlights include three performances with the Kansas City Symphony and his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony.

Internationally, Mr. Lin performs in Asia frequently during 2015-16, including a solo recital tour of Taiwan, and four recitals in China, including Shanghai, as well as a tour of Korea and China with the DITTO Ensemble. He also returns to Israel for a concerto performance with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, and other recent concerto performances abroad include: National Taiwan Symphony; Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (Taipei); Taipei Symphony Orchestra; and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Steven Lin’s artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of ten to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13. Additional concerto performances include the New Jersey Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic and Sendai Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on radio broadcasts including NPR’s From The Top and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.

The pianist’s broad musical interests allow him to move with ease between concertos, recitals and chamber music, enjoying appearances world-wide at important venues including the Louvre and Salle Cortot in France, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and Avery Fisher Hall in the United States.  Recent recital debuts include: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; The Kennedy Center; The Gilmore Rising Stars series; and the National Chopin Foundation. Recent summer festivalsinclude the Aspen Chamber Music Workshop, under the mentorship of David Finckel and Wu Han, and the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, curated by violinist Cho-Liang Lin.

In addition to his victory at the CAG competition, 2012 was a big year for Mr. Lin, when he was a prizewinner at the William Kapell International Competition, The Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and he was awarded an unprecedented three honors at the 2012 International Hilton Head Piano Competition, cited for his excellence in baroque and contemporary music as well as his overall pianism.

Steven Lin earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio and earned the Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, under the guidance of Robert McDonald.  When not making music, Steven Lin describes himself as an ‘NBA basketball fanatic,’ a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was eight years old.