Biography

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 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  His dynamic playing at the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and worldwide.

Steven Lin began the 2016-17 with summer engagements including the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, the WQXR Beethoven Sonata Marathon, and a tour of Korea with the DITTO Chamber Ensemble.  Featured performances this season include a recital at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art in DC, and concerto appearances with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, DuPage Symphony (IL) and California’s Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and Tulare County Symphony, as well as the Evergreen Symphony of Taiwan. Recent concerto highlights include the Kansas City and Fort Worth Symphony orchestras, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony.

Internationally, Mr. Lin performed 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. Other recent performances abroad include: National Taiwan Symphony; Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (Taipei); Taipei Symphony Orchestra; the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra; the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva; and the Costa Rica National Symphony, as well as a recital at the Finca World Piano Festival in the Canary Islands, and a recital tour of Japan.

Steven Lin’s artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted by The Juilliard School on a full scholarship to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the age of ten, which in turn led to his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall when he was only 13.  Additional concerto highlights 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 Young Artists Showcase, and he is featured prominently in the Cliburn Competition documentary film, Virtuosity, which premiered on PBS in 2015.

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: both Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; The Kennedy Center; The Gilmore Rising Stars series; the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, and the National Chopin Foundation. Recent summer festivals include 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 Concert Artists Guild 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 recently completed the prestigious Performance Diploma program at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the guidance of Robert McDonald, and before that, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at The Juilliard School, studying with Mr. McDonald and Matti Raekallio.  When not making music, Steven describes himself as an ‘NBA basketball fanatic,’ a source of great pride and commitment which began when he was eight years old.  Despite living most of his life on the east coast, he is a passionate L.A. Lakers fan.

Audio

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, Allegro

Stravinsky: Petrushka, Danse russe

Schumann: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14: Quasi variazioni (Andantino de Clara Wieck)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16, Finale: Allegro tempestoso (excerpt)

Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

JS Bach: Overture in the French Style in B minor, BMV 831 (excerpt)

Haydn: Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 50, Allegro Molto

Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, Rondo. Allegro scherzando

Video

  • See video Denver Philharmonic Profile

    Denver Philharmonic Profile

  • See video  Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences of Don Juan

    Mozart/ Liszt: Reminiscences of Don Juan

  • See video  J.S. Bach: Sarabande & Echo from Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

    J.S. Bach: Sarabande & Echo from Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

  • See video  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Live with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem)

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Live with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem)

  • See video   Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • See video  Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Live with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra)

    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Live with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra)

  • See video  Performance Today profiles Steven Lin

    Performance Today profiles Steven Lin

  • See video  Impromptu in G flat Major, Op 51

    Impromptu in G flat Major, Op 51

Press

  • Quotes

    “…a muscular poet of the keyboard. He coaxes a wide range of expression out of his instrument with power and precision in almost equal measure.”

    “His playing offers sparkling virtuosity; unaffected, highly musical phrasing; and thoughtful interpretations blessedly free of mannerism.”

    “His rhythmically alert, carefully shaded playing captured the varied moods, from tender lyricism and impish charm to boisterous cheer and galloping joy.”

    -The Washington Post

    “His playing was…immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.”

    “Mr. Lin sailed through its virtuoso challenges, conquering the manic octaves that unfold at the work’s conclusion.”
    -The New York Times

    “Lin exhibited careful thought in delineating their moods and colorations. The inherent sentimentality of these gentle pieces was balanced by Lin’s firm pianistic control.”

    “Lin here drew on his considerable technical prowess. Pinpoint trills and clear chromatic runs, at lightning speeds, amazed.”
    -Kalamazoo Gazette

    “…his incredible accuracy, control, finger-independence, and uniformity of touch; every note glittered like a faceted gemstone.”

    “…his blazing technique is truly something to behold.”
    -Charleston Today

    “…performance that never lacked intensity or expressiveness…”
    -Tulsa World

    “His tone was unfailingly beautiful, his articulation extraordinary, as crystalline as could be in bravura bits, elegantly refined in legato lines.”
    -The Baltimore Sun

  • Reviews

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    J.S. BACH: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major Op.15
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major Op. 19
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73
    MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Le Tombeau de Liberace (1996)
    LISZT: Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major
    MENDELSSOHN: Concerto No. 1 in G minor
    MOZART: Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major  K. 271
    MOZART: Concerto No. 10 in E flat Major K. 365
    MOZART: Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
    MOZART: Concerto No. 21 in C Major K. 467
    PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
    PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26*
    RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on theme by Paganini, Op. 43
    RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30*
    RAVEL: Concerto in G Major
    SAINT-SAËNS: Concerto No. 2 in G minor
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor, Op.23

    *preferred Concerti for 2015-2016

  • Programs

    The French Program

    My interest in the history of French composers has grown over the past year. This program demonstrates how French keyboard music developed from the 17th century to the 20th century. One often forgets how amazing French composers were prior to Debussy and Ravel. German composers like Bach and Brahms often overshadowed their counterparts Fauré and Couperin. This repertoire really explores the unlimited possibilities of the piano’s capabilities. Ravel and Debussy often composed piano music rich with orchestral textures. This concert will take the audience to a different state of mind that one cannot imagine.

    François Couperin:

    Musete de Taverni

    Les Barricades Mysterieuses

    La Couperin

    Les Tricoteuses

    Les Cherubins ou L’Aimable Lazure

    Claude Debussy:                    

    Suite bergamasque

    Francis Poulenc:

    Thème Varié

    –Intermission–

    Gabriel Fauré:

    Barcarolle, Op. 26, No. 1

    Nocturnes, Op. 33, Nos. 1, 2

    Maurice Ravel:

    La Valse

     


    History of Piano Playing

    There are few composers who have dramatically changed the art of piano playing. While Bach was not alive for the invention of the piano, his diverse compositions for the keyboard set the stage for other composer’s technical innovations and tonal development. Beethoven really expanded the dynamic range of piano music. Chopin explored the poetic and vocal qualities of the piano. He also wrote the famous opus 10 and opus 25 sets of etudes, which are still some of the most challenging pieces of piano today. Liszt was one the first composers to write transcriptions of operas and symphonies for the keyboard. He has had the biggest impact on virtuoso playing. Scriabin was heavily influenced by writing of Chopin, writing lyric works while advancing harmony.

    Johann Sebastian Bach:

    English Suite No. 3, BWV 808

    Ludwig van Beethoven:

    Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 14, No. 1

    Alexander Scriabin:

    Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19

    –Intermission–

    Frédéric Chopin:

    Impromptu No. 1, Op. 29

    Impromptu No. 2, Op. 36

    Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51

    Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66

    Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39

    Franz Liszt:  

    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, S. 244, R106


    Program 3

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

    Rondo in D, K. 485

    Claude Debussy:                                     

    Suite bergamasque

    Alexander Scriabin:

    Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19

    –Intermission–

    David Hertzberg:

    Notturno incantato

    Robert Schumann:

    Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 14