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.